Plenty of pint-size readers have walked through the doors of the Bel Air branch of Harford County Public Library over the years, and now they are being memorialized in bronze.
The latest addition to the Roenna Fahrney Memorial Gardens outside the library is a sculpture of a boy reading a book on bench, with a shaggy dog patiently perched on his lap.
The piece of art is called "Marley and Me," from The Randolph Rose Collection in Yonkers, N.Y., and cost the library system about $5,800.
Mary Hastler, the county's library director, said the sculpture was installed about two weeks ago and is definitely meaningful.
"Early literacy has always been near and dear to my heart," she said.
Hastler said volunteers have to do some more landscaping around it before the sculpture is formally presented by the town of Bel Air.
For now, the branch on Pennsylvania Avenue is the only one with such a work of public art.
"This particular type of sculpture is unique to Bel Air," Hastler said.
The memorial garden was planted about 10 years ago, with initial work done by Kroh's Nurseries in Churchville.