Thursday, September 1, 2016

September Theme Day: Library





The main branch of the LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library is located downtown. I used to be a regular visitor to this building until a new branch library opened a few years ago near my house. The library is named for LeRoy Collins, who served as Florida's 33rd governor from 1955-1961. Governor Collins was born in Tallahassee and resided here for most of his life. The sculpture shown in the first picture is a memorial to a beautiful old live oak tree that once stood in that same spot in front of the library. You can see part of the old tree in a previous post on my blog here. The tree was past its life span (it was determined that it was probably a sapling in the 1850's) and was slowing rotting. A potential danger to visitors and cars, the tree was taken down. John Birch, a master tree carver, created this beautiful sculpture by applying a dark stain to the trunk and used wood from the branches to create the characters. You can see a boy lounging in one of the branches reading a book, a father peeking out of the hole in the tree, and a girl wearing a hard hat holding the blueprints for her tree fort in her hand. You can also see several books stored on a shelf in the trunk of the tree.

By the way, my neck of the woods is under a hurricane warning today and tonight, so if I don't comment on your blogs, it's probably because my power is out. Schools have been closed, so the local kids are getting a 5 day storm-cation (since Monday is the Labor Day holiday). I am about 40 miles from the coast, so storm surge is not an issue, but there will be a lot of rain and wind with possible flash flooding and tornadoes. I'm glad I had all those big trees in my yard taken down a couple of years ago!

It is Theme Day again in the City Daily Photo community and this month the theme is Library. Be sure to visit the CDP Theme Day Gallery to see how other participants have interpreted the theme.

18 comments:

biebkriebels said...

Stunning sculpture and a beautiful library too. Wish you all the best with the storm, must be scary that violence of nature. Stay safe.

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Gostei de ver.
Um abra├žo.
Andarilhar

Kate said...

A wonderful sculpture to entice all readers to enter! Hope you and your entire city escape the wrath of nature's fury. Stay safe!!

Sandra said...

beautiful library and I love the tree art... stay safe, we got 10 inches of rain from Hermine yesterday and more on the way... we were on her wet side.

Karl Demetz said...

I like the "tree", very unique, Lois !

Small City Scenes said...

Wonderful library and I do like the tree sculpture. I used to love to climb trees.
MB

bill burke said...

I love the tree sculpture, it's so unique. The reflections of the clods in the glass are very appealing. You have a very nice library. Hope the storm doesn't do any harm to anyone. Stay safe!

William Kendall said...

I do like the sculpture, and the main branch is quite impressive!

I hope the hurricane veers off. Stay safe.

Lowell said...

That is a very nice-looking library! We don't get to our main library anymore, either, as we have a branch just down the street.

I do love that sculpture. It is a delight and charming.

Stay safe. I think you may get hit harder than we do. We've got a lot of clouds at the moment but no rain.

Revrunner said...

We'll be hoping you miss the worst.

Stuart said...

I like that tree of knowledge. Stay safe and ride out that wind.

RedPat said...

Love the sculpture! Be safe, Lois! Let's hope the storm weakens.

Barbara Radisavljevic said...

I love the story behind that tree sculpture, but it's kind of sad. If you visit my theme day post you will see the large oak near the entrance of our library. I hope we never have to take it down. Fortunately, it's more the spreading kind of oak than the tall kind of oak, but it's still tall enough that it could do some damage.

Adam said...

I'm really close to my county's main library, it certainly isn't anything special but does dwarf the "town" libraries in the area

Halcyon said...

I love those big windows!!!
Hope you are staying safe during the storm.

Tanya Breese said...

what a great sculpture and library lois! stay safe...we are getting a little rain and wind from your storm, i think it's also responsible for our cooler weather.

MurciaDailyPhoto said...

Beautiful sculpture, sure.
I wish the best with the storm.

Sharon Anck said...

I love that sculpture! It's meaningful for the library and a wonderful tribute to what was probably a beloved tree.