On Saturday, September 12 a crowd gathered for the installation of the newest addition to the Flannery O’Connor Book Trail in Savannah. Despite the rainy day, children and adults alike turned out at Miss Amy’s School of Music on Waters Avenue to celebrate literacy and the legacy of Savannah’s favorite daughter, Flannery O’Connor. This newest Little Free Library was designed by artist Meryl Truett, and featured photographic transfers on vintage metal tins along with chalk decorations and a rooster weather vane we are certain Miss O’Connor would have approved. Meryl’s library takes on cathedral-schoolhouse fusion that is a perfect nod to the work of Flannery O’Connor as well as the library’s location at a children’s school. The ceremony included an introduction by book trail organizer Coco Papy, a blessing by Reverend Boland, Bishop Emeritus of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah and president of the board of the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, a reading by local author Jane Fishman, a performance by Miss Amy’s students, and attendees placing their book donations in the new library.
You can read more about Meryl Truett in our November 2013 issue.
Written by Bevin Valentine Jalbert / Photographed by Siobhan Egan