Colorful mural brightens up construction zone

Matthew Lane • May 15, 2018 at 2:54 PM

KINGSPORT – Since it's a little chaotic at the Kingsport Public Library this summer — construction is taking place right beside the main lobby — library officials thought it would be nice to add a little color to the wood-covered work zone.

Kingsport artist Alex Glymp showed up at the library on Mother's Day and painted three colorful pictures on the plywood wall separating the lobby and the construction zone.

— An owl perched on a limb reading a scary book.

— A green bookworm popping out of a stack of books.

— And the words “Kingsport Readers” in multiple colors.

“We are stuck with the construction wall until August, so we wanted to brighten it up for the Summer Reading Program and the children who'll be visiting during that time,” said Hannah Powell, interim library director. “So we might as well make the best of it.”

Glymp came back Monday evening to finish up the mural, painting an open book on the wall near the main interior door.

What's taking place at the library?

The colonnade along the Glen Bruce Park side of the library is being enclosed. This project will add approximately 1,030 square feet of space to the interior of the library and will be home to the teen section, complete with new furniture and tables.

Cost of the colonnade project is slightly more than $460,000, and work should wrap up later this summer.

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