The 2016 Holiday Local/Focus display in the Tremont Street window of the South End library has for its theme, Making Tracks to the Library. It's another brainchild of FOSEL board member Karen Watson, who was inspired by a playful set-up of painted car tires she saw somewhere else. Barry Steinberg, of Direct Tire, graciously selected five old wheels for the project. Volunteers Liane Crawford and Maura Flaherty painted them. Thrift store finds and greens cut from backyards and fields were combined with holiday craft and culinary books from the library's collection. Gently used bows from other lives were dusted off and refashioned onto the refurbished tires.
Since early this year, the Friends of the South End Library (FOSEL) has used the library's grand windows on Tremont Street to showcase local artists, creative entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations. The library has featured a range of displays, including one by local wire sculptor, Will Corcoran; cheerful children's dresses inspired by nursery rhymes, hung by Caroline Leed of the South End on-line enterprise Smiling Buttons; bird nests by the Boston Nature Center's Mattapan bird sanctuary and artistic nests made by the children enrolled in the USES Children's Art Centre on Rutland Street.
There was an installation about Library Park's LightWells and sustainable groundwater efforts; a powerful photography exhibit of poet portraits by Greg Jundanian; an exhibit of ceramic book covers and books by Cambridge artist Lori Pease; folded book art by New Hampshire librarian Veronica Mueller; and a Thanksgiving window display by FOSEL.
If you know of someone who'd like to used the windows for a display of interest to the South End community, please contact head librarian, Anne Smart, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617 536-8241.