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A topiary sculpture has been donated to Magness Library. The bookworm was created by Joe Kyte and purchased by Chitra Mukherji for the library in memory of her husband, Dr. Barun Mukherji. It was placed behind the library where it can be seen from Chancery Street. Pictured are Pat Bigbee, left, and Mukherji.

A bookworm was unveiled outside Magness Library on Tuesday morning.
While the library is full of book lovers, this one is a topiary sculpture of a bookworm wearing glasses and reading a book. It was donated by Chitra Mukherji in memory of her husband, Dr. Barun Mukherji. An unveiling ceremony was held during Storybook Hour.
“This sculpture is actually for kids but everyone in the community will enjoy it,” said Pat Bigbee, a member of the Magness Library board. “We are going to let the children in this year’s summer reading program pick a name. Their choices are Maggie, Willie, Eddie or Lizzie.”
The names were chosen from prominent individuals in the creation of the library: Mary Elizabeth Cunningham, W.H. Magness, William Magness, Edgar J. Magness, and W.H. Magness’ mother who was also named Elizabeth.
The topiary sculpture was created by Joe Kyte, also known as Topiary Joe. He builds steel framed, planted topiary animals, living corporate logos and steel-wire 3D sculptures of any size – planted with live foliage, flowering plants or replica plants like faux boxwood.
 “I saw a bookworm created by Topiary Joe and I thought it would be a wonderful addition to Magness Library,” said Bigbee. “Chitra, a member of Magness Library’s board, has always wanted to contribute something for the community in memory of her husband. Barun was a brilliant surgeon and he loved books. He also loved nature, flowers, animals, etc., and he took great pleasure in capturing all that with his camera and sharing the pictures with others.”
The library has an exhibit of Dr. Mukherji’s photographs of flowering plants hanging in the library’s Horticultural Room.
Bigbee felt a bookworm by Topirary Joe would be a fitting memorial. Chitra agreed. The bookworm was ordered and is permanently affixed in a small area behind the library. It can be seen from Chancery Street as motorists pass.
“Joe is literally world famous for his topiaries,” said Bigbee. “I can’t believe we have one here at Magness Library. The young, as well as the young at heart, will love it.”
The children’s summer reading program runs three weeks and the bookworm’s name will be announced at the end of the program.