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Library Receives Donation

Post Date:April 05, 2019 12:30 pm



Library Receives Mark Twain Bronze Sculpture Donation

There’s someone new sitting in front of the Grand Island Public Library at 1124 West 2nd Street these days. Or is that something new, of an old someone?

That someone is renowned author Mark Twain holding a book, and the something is a bronze bench sculpture donated to the library by Ray and Jennifer O’Connor and family. The artist, Gary Lee Price, made Mark Twain his first inspiration in a series of life size bronze sculptures celebrating great contributors of the arts, literature, science, philosophy and music. This statue is one of three donated by the O’Connor family to our community with Albert Einstein residing at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport and St. Francis of Assisi at St. Mary’s Cathedral.  

The library anticipates that there will be plenty of people sitting and having their pictures taken with Mark Twain, especially parents and children making use of the adjacent outdoor Discovery Center being planned at this time.

Formal dedication of this sculpture will take place at the library on Sunday, April 28 at 2:00pm, during a renovation grand re-opening sponsored by the Grand Island Public Library Foundation. Several significant donations have been received and will be recognized. The event is free and open to the public.

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