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Friends of Library Bookstore has a new window mural, designed by Lawrence Smith

The Friends of the Library Bookstore hopes to garner attention for the bookstore with their colorful mural designed by Lawrence Smith.

The Friends of the Library Bookstore recently started work on a mural for both of their front glass windows. Pat Homer, FOL volunteer, thought the bright design may help draw attention to the bookstore, since the location is tucked away from the road.

Lawrence Smith, FOL volunteer and retired art teacher, designed the murals. Smith previously taught art in Screven County for nearly 30 years. His art work has won ribbons at the Georgia National Fair and Ogeechee Fair, and has been a featured artist at the Averitt Center. He is also an active member and volunteer with the SRAA. His designs have been featured on t-shirts, most notably Walker Organic Farm’s rainbow carrots and Georgia Organics Scarlet Queen Turnips.

With the help of Georgia Southern art students, the base coat of paint was applied. Smith then sketched the design in charcoal pencil and began work painting with the help of his wife, Kathy. One mural features a cat lounging on a bookshelf, and the other mural is a girl reading atop a tree branch.

Georgia Southern student volunteer applying base coat of paint to window. 

The mural is nearly completed with the finishing touches to be added sometime in April! Stop by the bookstore to take a peek, and don't forget to browse around for a good book or two! 

Smith filling in details. 

Friends of the Library Bookstore is located at 6 Proctor Street, Statesboro, and open on Friday and Saturday from 9am-1pm. Donations are taken during normal business hours. 

All proceeds from the bookstore go to fund programs and more at the Statesboro Regional Library. To become a Friends of the Library member, visit their website here