“Reading Bells” Installed at Plainfield Twp. Branch of Kent District Library

The Plainfield Twp. Branch of Kent District Library has a new addition ― “Reading Bells.” This colorful, interactive work-of-art was generously donated by Art and Jo-Ann Spalding in memory of their son Douglas.

The Spalding family loved the idea of having the bells outside the Plainfield Twp. Branch. Historically, bells have been used to draw people’s attention to something. Churches and schools used them to draw people in. Patrons of all ages are invited to ring the bells when they visit the library.

“We are calling this piece ‘Reading Bells’ because it is calling people to the library," Art said.

When the Spalding’s son passed away, they decided to have donations made in his memory to the Plainfield Twp. Library. A trust was created in his name that now supports an ongoing contribution to the library. 

“We are so grateful for the Spalding family’s support,” said Scott Ninemeier, Regional Manager at the Plainfield Twp. Branch. “There is a familiar sound to an active and busy library, and the addition of music played by the reading bells is beautiful.”

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