Saturday Snapshot…. It’s Happening.

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Well I certainly did not plan on being MIA this past week here, but I see my last post was a week ago.  A week on heavy library activity and we are down to the wire planning for Wine and Words.  Lots of busy volunteers out there making the final steps happen.  This week I worked on the table brochure, seating arrangements with my friend Sue, lots of email communications, sponsor information, phone calls, ticket sales, communications to our venue, and tomorrow myself and the Co-Chair Gail will hopefully take care of the final silent auction items which we are planning on a good 4-6 hours at the library doing that.

Whew.

Anyhoo…

This week at the Brainerd Public Library a lot of things were happening fast.

  1.  We got the word that the cement people were coming to lay out the plan for the benches and give the bid.
  2. The Library Director and I went and layed out the plan for the benches and where they would go.
  3.  When they came the bid was a good one and they said they would be able to do the job on Friday.  (Yesterday)
  4. Friday!!!!
  5. We hit “go mode” and bought materials to put stone around two of the trees in the area the benches would go to add a nice park feel to the area.
  6. I dug up hostas from my own gardens because I loved the symbolism of having the plants being from our home where my son’s bench was going to be placed.
  7. Thursday we were able to work on it a little bit in the morning and then we were rained out.
  8. Friday morning we finished the hosta project (including a bonus space because we had extra stones) and the cement people did their thing.
  9. The benches will go in early this next week.

A little background on the benches for those of you who are not familiar with my story of the past 4 months…. when my 24 year old son was killed in a car accident in April of this year, the book community did an AMAZING thing.  A group of bookish friends who I have connected with through here, started up a bench fund so a bench could be placed at our local library in memory of my son.

My heart… runneth over.

This bench led to the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library moving forward on something we had talked about over the last couple of years, and that was putting some nice outdoor benches outside the Library.  The Friends, on top of what the book community started with Justin’s bench, tossed in an additional $10,000 so we could add a bench on both sides of Justin’s as well as an octagon picnic table, a heavy duty garbage can, and two more benches for the Children’s outdoor area of the library.

I will post pictures once the benches are in place.  I have seen Justin’s bench and it is BEAUTIFUL.

book journey, Sheila DeChantal, Justin DeChantal, Brainerd Public LIbrary

The two trees that we planted the hostas around.

Mckay Concrete, DeChantal, Book Journey, Brainerd Public LIbrary

Preparing for the benches

Brainerd Public Library, Book Journey, Sheila DeChantal

Prepping the Children’s Area ( we had planned on two benches but changed our mind and had them prep for 4. We will order two more benches.

Brainerd Public LIbrary, Book Journey

The moving of “Ben” the old bench that has sat in the bench planning area since the library was moved to this location.

Brainerd Public LIbrary, Book Journey.

“Ben’s” new home in the employee area of the library next to a picnic table. It looks as though he was meant to be there.

Brainerd Public Library

Jolene the library director working on the third “bonus” hosta bed.

Book Journey, Sheila DeChantal. Justin DeChantal, Brainerd Public Library

The cement going in. It was crazy cool. I wanted to get my tent and stay overnight there so no one touched it while it hardened.

Brainerd Public Library, Book Journey, Sheila DeChantal

Childrens area cement prep for the benches to go in this next week.

As you can imagine, this whole project has been bitter sweet.  I love being a part of it and digging my hands into the dirt knowing that this will become a place where people will sit and read, and talk, and enjoy.  For those of you who contributed to making this happen… I can not thank you enough.  Even now, 4 months in I still cry every day.  This bench… this project means so much.

Thank you.

I am posting this to Saturday Snaphot, where people all over the world can add pictures of what is happening in their lives. 

About Sheila (Book Journey)

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Posted on August 8, 2015, in Brainerd Library, Meanderings, Saturday Snapshots and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. So wonder…so special..

  2. What lovely “memorial” benches these will be!

  3. Sheila, I didn’t realize Justin’s bench would be at the library! I thought it was on your property at home, actually. This is all so beautiful, I can’t help but choke up. Of course, I have something going on with my son which, though not the same as with Justin, has an aspect that’s the same. The heart wrenches 😦 I think of you often oxox

  4. Bitter-sweet indeed. But a lovely and loving gift from the community.

  5. What a lovely project. I’m looking forward to seeing your pictures of the area after it is completed.
    My Saturday Snapshot post is HERE.

  6. What a lovely tribute to your son!

  7. Awesome project! You have such an amazing community and friends!

  8. That’s awesome that Justin’s bench lead to such a great project! I look forward to seeing everything when it is done. 🙂

  9. Hi!
    It will look Awesome when done. Have a great day!

  10. Sheila, this is a beautiful, perfect tribute to your son, Justin. Thank you for sharing your photos and story.

  11. What a wonderful tribute to Justin. It will be a great place for quiet and stillness. You have a very supportive family in the community. {{HUGS}}

  12. What a wonderful idea, a tribute to Justin and yourself. Loved the pics and look forward to when you have it fully complete and pics to go with it. The goodness of people shines through.

  13. You mean so much to us.

  14. Thanks for posting the pics of the project, Sheila. Wonderful!

  15. What a beautiful tribute. And I love the fact that original tribute idea has grown and blossomed into so much more. Did your son enjoy reading?

  16. Wow, what a wonderful project! And a great way to memorialize your son – perfect.

    Sue

    Book By Book

  17. A wonderful way to commemorate Justin. Yes, my dear, you cry because you are supposed to – it is nature’s way of helping you through your grief. Someday you won’t cry as often. Hugs.

  18. So many hugs to you.

  19. How lovely it’s going to be! The hostas around the trees are beautiful, also!

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