On the second floor of Boone County Public Library’s Scheben Branch (8899 US 42 in Union), hangs a beautiful book quilt that is a fitting display for a library wall. The quilt portrays rows of shelves with books made out of various scraps of fabric. A little dimension is added with extras such as the tassel of a bookmark hanging from a marked page and flower buds in a tiny vase. Mixed in with the books is a bookworm, clock and baskets.
The quilt was created by the Owen County Quilters Guild and commissioned by Bettina Summerville in 2000 for the opening of Boone County Public Library’s Scheben Branch in Union. Bettina is the former Director of Owen County Public Library and long-time family friend to Amanda Hopper, Assistant Director at Boone County Public Library. Amanda fell in love with the quilt the first time she saw it and feels a special attachment to the quilt because it was made by women from her hometown of Owen County, many of whom she knows. The names of all the individuals who created the piece of artwork are on the back of the quilt.
Years before Bettina commissioned the quilt for BCPL, she played a role in Amanda’s decision to pursue library science as a career. In 2010, Amanda’s mother, Dot, also an Owen County native, made Amanda a similar book quilt. The books are made up of doll clothes from Amanda’s childhood, baby blankets, her grandmother’s fabrics and images of all her favorite things. It is one of Amanda’s most treasured possessions.
Quilting groups and visitors from around the region have driven many miles to view the book quilt on display at the Scheben Branch. They take pictures of the quilt and discuss how they could create something similar in their community for their local library. The book quilt was a priceless gift to Boone County Public Library and is worth a visit to check it out.
Jennifer Cheek has worked for Boone County Public Library for 5 years. A graduate from the College of Mount St. Joseph focusing on English and Communications, she previously worked in Advertising/Media Buying and still continues as a freelancer.