Local library unveils Mark Twain statue

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Grand Island Public Library looks to take people on a new adventure with a famous author.

You can walk up to the library to find a bronze statue of Mark Twain, legs crossed with a book in hand.

"Mark Twain is just such a prolific author," said Steve Fosselman, director at the Grand Island Public Library. "He's well known to children, to teenagers, people that have grown up and lived their whole lives reading Mark Twain."

The statue is a donation from Ray and Jennifer O'Connor, who've donated two other statues to the community.

Twain joins the other statue at the library, which features a grandfather reading to his two grandchildren.

It was set out at the library last week, just in time for National Library Week.

"Just adventures. That's what the public library is all about, is a series of different learning adventures. There's so many different things that you can do in a library, and Mark Twain explains it so well in his adventures," Fosselman said.

The area behind Twain's bench will be an outdoor discovery area for kids come end of spring.

There'll be a dedication for the statue at 2 p.m. on April 28.

That's the same day as the library's grand opening for all its remodeling.