Courtest Joanna Reagan
Diane Temple, left, and Jeanne Nevard, right, pose in front of their floral arrangement at Books in Bloom.

PEPPERELL —A conservatory came to life in the gallery of the Lawrence Library in Pepperell recently.

This year the focus was a celebration of children’s book cover art and fresh flowers. Diane Temple and Jeanne Nevard chose the book, “Miss Rumphius,” which was written and illustrated by Caldecott Medal-winning author Barbara Cooney, a long-time resident of Pepperell.

Cooney used local scenes in her story, including the inside of the Lawrence Library.

Barbara Cooney (Aug. 6, 1917 – March 10, 2000) was an American writer and illustrator of 110 children’s books, published over 60 years.

She received two Caldecott Medals for her work on “Chanticleer and the Fox” (1958) and “Ox-Cart Man” (1979), and a National Book Award for “Miss Rumphius” (1982). Her books have been translated into 10 languages.

There were seven children’s books with floral arrangements on display. This annual event, sponsored by Friends of the Lawrence Library, brings the beauty of spring flowers for all to enjoy.

The event was open to all who wished to participate. Both women are members of the Pepperell Garden Cub. Diane Temple is also President of The Friends of Lawrence Library.

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