Forbes Library is thrilled to announce the grand opening of its new outdoor garden, highlighted by a stunning statue of the Greek goddess Athena by Brian McQuillan. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 15th at 11 AM, with a rain date of June 22nd.

This exceptional garden is dedicated to the memory of Tom Ruane, an avid reader with a lifelong passion for knowledge. It is a generous gift from his family, designed by his wife, Eileen Travis. Eileen has thoughtfully created a space that honors the Victorian era of the building, featuring low-maintenance, primarily native plants that would have thrived in gardens of that time.

The centerpiece of the garden is a magnificent statue of Athena, the goddess of wisdom, democracy, and the arts. This remarkable piece of public art, the first permanent installation on the library’s grounds, was crafted by local artist Brian McQuillan. Brian’s innovative use of reclaimed metal in the creation of Athena brings a unique blend of history and modernity to the piece, reflecting the library’s mission to honor the past while looking towards the future.

“We are excited to provide a new space for our community to enjoy and find inspiration,” said Lisa Downing, Director of Forbes Library. “This garden is a testament to the enduring spirit of our community and the beauty of sustainable, thoughtful design. We are grateful to Eileen Travis and the Travis-Ruane family for their generous contribution.”

The celebration will include remarks by the library trustees, the Travis-Ruane family, and artist Brian McQuillan. Light refreshments will be served, and guests will have the opportunity to explore the garden and appreciate the art and plantings that make this space special.

We invite all members of the community to join us for this joyous occasion and to experience the serenity and beauty of the new garden. It is our hope that this space will become a cherished part of the Forbes Library for years to come.

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