These dinosaur sculptures, created by John Kennedy, sit outside the Liverpool Public Library. They're the product of a gift from benefactor Ann Alger, longtime LPL patron, who left a bequest to the library when she passed away in 2011.
continued Polly’s one stipulation: “I told [the artist], please make them friendly-looking. The backstory here is that they are so happy to be coming to the library today.”
Kennedy not only made them friendly-looking, but specifically chose Protoceratops because they have more rounded points, allowing children to sit atop them comfortably. The library is naming the smallest dinosaur Dhari after Alger’s dog, her frequent companion on walks around the village. The names for the other two have not yet been chosen.
The dinos are now the center of what is becoming a fine landscape. Recently, a rain garden was installed in the same spot by Syracuse Center of Excellence and Team Green Teen volunteers. The gardeners were very excited to hear that they were creating the backdrop for a family of Protoceratops. The garden is almost complete, only awaiting a few more plants and the installation of a tube that will finish off the gutter system.
The library also just received another bequest, and Polly is hoping to use it to add to the scene with a fossil-filled bench.
“The notion is,” said Polly, “if it’s this cool on the outside of the library, how cool is it going to be on the inside?”
And the library is pretty cool on the inside. It is the largest circulation suburban library in the county, welcoming 900 to 1,000 visitors a day. hey also received the “Bestie” award this year from Family Times, naming them the best library in the area.
But as Polly points out, “We’re a very busy library, but you can’t rest on your laurels.”
Already the dinosaurs are a big hit.
“We’ve had a lot of kids hugging them and kissing them,” Polly said. “Everyone is very excited.”
To celebrate their arrival, the library has put together a series of free events. On Monday and Tuesday, the Library hosted a Dinosaur movie night and craft day. Wednesday is Dinosaur Storytime day, and caregivers are encouraged to bring their children from the ages of 2 to 5 dressed up like dinosaurs or with a stuffed dino in hand for a parade. Thursday is Dinosaur Fossil day, recommended for ages 5 and up. Kids will get to look for dinosaur pieces and put them back together while enjoying snacks and listening to dinosaur songs. The library also plans to have a ribbon-cutting sometime this fall, so that the Protoceratops can be formally welcomed into the community. It will also provide an opportunity for all the family members and friends with connections to the new outdoor space to come together.