Alice’s Storyteller Bench is the latest addition to the Saint Paul Public Library’s Rondo Community Outreach Library, 461 Dale Street N, a location known for its extensive public art. The bench was commissioned by retired librarian Alice Neve’s husband, Leon, to honor Alice’s nearly lifelong career as a Library staffer. The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library served as the fiscal agent for the fundraising campaign that resulted in the new installation.At the unveiling event on October 20, artist Seitu Jones talked about the bench’s carved symbols that reflect the many cultures of the neighborhood. Jones selected materials to complement another library installation he produced when the Rondo Library was built in 2006: a story tree and multicolored kites in the children’s area.
Rondo is the largest community library in SPPL’s system; it features a small business resource center, adult literacy materials and services for new Americans, a homework center for teens, community meeting rooms, and an interactive children’s area.At the Rondo celebration, honoree Alice Neve spoke about her appreciation for a job that brought so many memories and friends, as well as her joy in connecting daily with people who share a love of reading and learning.