After seeing the design for the stained glass windows to be installed at the New Haven Library branch once construction is complete, the Nelson County Libraries Board of Trustees Thursday approved the official hire of Laura Mentor to design and build windows for both new library branches.
Mentor designed the stained-glass piece in the main library branch.
“People do admire that piece and people come from other places to see it as well,” Libraries Director Sharon Shanks said.
The pieces will maintain consistent styles and themes in all three branches — including at the Bloomfield branch, whose window design is not yet complete. Board Chair Val Downs pointed to the flowers that appear in the New Haven and main branch designs.
The New Haven window design reflects the area’s agricultural past and history as a settlement when boats often passed through, Downs said.
“In order for her to incorporate farm, a train, the water — that’s what she came up with,” she said, pointing to a train wheel and piece of farm equipment in the piece.
Mentor will be paid $24,000 for the Bloomfield branch window and $12,000 for New Haven, as the New Haven windows will be smaller. The board agreed to pay 50 percent of her commission before she begins building the windows, and 50 percent upon installation.
The board is considering soliciting donations to help fund the windows.
“It’s going to become such an integral part of the community, I think it gives them ownership in it,” Downs said.