The sculpture is a gift to the Library from Hingham residents Pat and Jim MacAllen. The MacAllen family has a 4-generation association with Hingham and its public library. The sculpture is dedicated to the memory of “Thelma and William MacAllen and their love of Hingham.” The MacAllens selected the Hingham Public Library for their gift because they believe “the Library fosters a celebration and love of reading that can be shared by parents and their children throughout their lives”.
The Trustees of the Library commissioned Hingham resident Susan Luery to create a life-sized bronze sculpture depicting a young mother and her daughter enjoying a “story-time” while seated on a 2-tiered base formed from Deer Isle, Maine granite. The sculpture is located adjacent to the Library's main entrance.
About the Sculptor
Susan Luery was born in Baltimore and attended the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her gift for sculpting was refined in Carrara, Italy, where she worked with Alberto Sparapani, Maestro sculptor of Italy's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Luery's best known sculptural works may be Babe's Dream”, the 16-foot monument to Babe Ruth located in front of Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore and the Cal Ripken, Jr. monument that welcomes fans to his museum in Aberdeen, Maryland. Her works also can be found in private, public and museum collections throughout the world.
©Copyright to the Library’s sculpture is held by the Hingham Library Board of Trustees.