Farmers Branch is reimagining what the local library means to its community.
FARMERS BRANCH, Texas — Something big is happening at the Manské library at Farmers Branch…something really big.
“We had these blank walls and needed something to bring in that wow factor,” said Farmers Branch Councilwoman Traci Williams.
Williams said what better way to get a “wow” than to put books on the walls.
Seven thousand old and used books have been affixed to the wall surrounding the library elevator. The books are painted by a Californian artist mike stillkey.
Stilkey has painted similar murals all over the world, but this is his first in a public library in Texas. He said it would take about 10 days to finish painting the books before the library unveils the finished project on April 21.
Over 20 feet tall, the mural is huge, but it’s just one small way Farmers Branch is reinventing the library.
“We’re honoring what’s come before and at the same time we’re moving forward,” Williams said.
Progress means coming up with innovative ideas, like 3D printers for people who love to create.
Later this week, the library will install a beehive and soon it will even have a pickle ball court.
“For this to become the hub of the city for all of our progress toward growth,” Williams said.
Councilor Williams expects people to flock to the library like they haven’t in years because, after decades of books, the Manske Library has a new story to tell.