The James Library Hosts Biennial Books in Bloom

Books in Bloom 2016 1 LRLiterary works magically come to life at The James Library & Center for the Arts’ biennial benefit event Books in Bloom, showcasing beloved books selected by thirty South Shore community members and their original complementing floral artistic masterpieces.  A festive Opening Reception will be held on Friday, May 6 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. featuring light fare, cash cocktail bar, a raffle, and music. Raffle prizes will include an herb garden, topiaries, potted plants and landscaping gift certificates.  The exhibit continues on Saturday, May 7, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, when visitors and groups are welcome to view the installations and tour the library.  The exhibition is open to all ages, a perfect prelude to Mother’s Day family celebrations.

Books in Bloom 2016 LRInspired by the renowned Art in Bloom event hosted each spring by Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, Books in Bloom presents artistic interpretations of favorite literary works by South Shore floral artists and gardeners.  All three floors of the James Library are transformed into a virtual greenhouse visually representing each treasured book’s theme.

Saturday’s Books in Bloom exhibition hours occur in conjunction with other local community events.  The North River Gardeners annual plant sale and the First Parish Church Spring Fair both occur on Saturday, May 12, making a trip to the village district truly a special Mother’s Day weekend excursion.

Tickets for the Books in Bloom Opening Reception are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.  Advance tickets may be purchased at  Admission to Saturday’s exhibit is free and open to the public.  The event is sponsored by Jennifer and Mark McGreenery, all proceeds benefit the library’s operating expenses as a non-profit institution.

For more information about The James Library’s programs and events, please call 781-659-7100, visit or follow our social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the James Library & Center for the Arts

The James Library 1Since 1874, The James Library has served the South Shore community as a warm gathering place.  Housed in a landmark Victorian in historical Norwell Center, The James is dedicated to serving the community by providing high-quality programs, resources and materials through a concert hall, art gallery and the operation of a free lending library. As an independent, non-profit arts center we foster a mission for the creation, appreciation and enjoyment of the arts for residents of all ages on the South Shore, while preserving the historic character of our home.  The James Library is located at 24 West Street, Norwell and is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 5 pm and on Saturday from 10 to 1 pm.  The library is closed on Saturdays during July and August.  For more information, please call 781-659-7100, visit or follow us on Facebook.