The large windows in the South End library
will soon be showcasing a local small business, Smiling Button. The shop's owner, Caroline Leed, takes children's books as the inspiration for the products she sells --young girls' dresses-- and at the same time helps support the campaign for Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation's largest children's literacy organization. Smiling Button will donate 10 percent of its June revenue to RIF.
The current Take-over installation, by local wire sculptor Will Corcoran, based on themes from Edgar Allan Poe and the Brothers Grimm tales, will end on May 5. Fifty percent of the sale of Corcoran's sculptures will benefit the South End library and its programs. Corcoran's show was preceded by an installation of whimsical kites.
Among the planned installations later this year are a collaboration between the South End's Children's Art Center, radio host Ray Brown's Talkin'Birds show and the Boston Nature Center, an Audubon bird sanctuary in Mattapan. Stay tuned.