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Harrison Public Library Reading Garden is Ready to Grow

The finishing touches are being applied to the new Reading Garden at the Harrison Public Library Halperin Memorial building downtown. The garden has been planted with hundreds of trees, bushes, and perennials that will turn the formerly-unused space outside the library’s children’s room into a haven for book- and nature-lovers.

The final amenity is to enhance the garden path with engraved paver bricks donated by the public to help fund the project. To ensure they are prepared and installed in time for the garden’s spring opening, orders must be placed by December 31. The pavers are available in two sizes and can be ordered at the library or online at www.harrisonpl.org/garden.

“The Reading Garden is an exciting new addition that will expand library service into the fresh air and sunshine,” says Library Director Galina Chernykh. “It looks great now and will be fabulous this spring when all the furnishings are installed and the plantings are in bloom.”

The garden’s Reading Circle will host a variety of events for both kids and adults in a space with four benches surrounding the Reading Rock where librarians and other presenters will lead early-reading activities, musical presentations, and storytelling sessions. Four raised planting beds will enable patrons to work with library staff to grow their own vegetables and flowers. Nature’s scents, colors, textures, and forms will be featured in the Sensory Garden while the Butterfly Garden will attract its namesake visitors as well as other pollinators like bees and hummingbirds.

“The support from the community has been phenomenal,” according to HPL Foundation President Dave Donelson. “We still have room for a few engraved pavers for the garden path, although time is short for us to have them made and installed in time for the ribbon-cutting this spring.”

Donors have sponsored nearly all of the garden benches, tables, and other furnishings as well as the Butterfly and Sensory Gardens. For information on other sponsorship opportunities, Donelson asks donors to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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