Three finalists chosen for Whooos a Reader Statue naming contest

The "Whooos a Reader Owl" statue, created by Jim and Cherry Day, will greet patrons as they enter the Tyler Public Library.

Three finalists have been chosen in the Tyler Public Library's Whooos a Reader Statue Naming Contest.

The statue, created by Cherry and Jim Day, features an owl sitting on top of multiple books, including "Great Expectations," "The Color Purple" and "The Odyssey." It will be placed outside at the library's main entrance, located at 201 S. College Ave.

Library Outreach Technician Kathryn Bennett said the library received 91 submissions over the course of about a week.

"I thought it went incredibly well. There were some wonderfully creative names," Ms. Bennett said, adding that there was a card with 10 different name options and a letter with 20.

Library staff then narrowed the options down to eight, and supervisors voted again to narrow it down to three, she said.

The three finalists are Athena, Greek goddess of wisdom; Chadwick, the surname of some noted authors and the last name of an English scientist who won the Nobel Prize in physics; and Odin, "the ruler of Asgard, who sacrificed his eye and was hung for nine days from the world tree Yggdrasil in order to gain the wisdom of the ages," according to www.TylerLibrary.com.

Now, the public is invited to vote for their favorite.

Residents may vote by going to www.TylerLibrary.com, or at the library, through Nov. 21.

Ms. Bennett said the statue will be unveiled during an open house event in December, at which time the name will be announced. 

At that time, the public also will be able to view the remodeling that has been going on, Ms. Bennett said.

"I hope they will come soon and see all the new beautiful facilities that are here. So many things are being updated," she said.

Ms. Bennett previously said the thought behind the owl statue was to have something beautiful outside as well.

So the idea of an owl statue representing wisdom and knowledge was put forth, and Cherry and Jim Day donated their time and talents to create it, she said last month.

"The Tyler Public Library is delighted with the adorable owl and very grateful to the Days for generously donating their artistic talents and time," City Librarian Mary Vernau said in a previous news release. "We want to encourage the community to assist us in finding the perfect name for our library owl."

The statue is being funded through a bequest from the estate of Joyce Kathryn Findley, a longtime library patron.

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