The James Library & Center for the Arts Hosts Books in Bloom – Literary works magically come to life at The James Library & Center for the Arts’ biennial benefit event Books in Bloom, a one-day-only showcase on Saturday, April 28, 10 am to 4 pm at 24 West Street, Norwell.  Beloved books selected by thirty South Shore community members – school-aged to seniors – are depicted in original complementing floral artistic masterpieces.  A raffle, on display starting Friday, April 20 through 3:30 pm the day of the event, raises funds and offers prizes including restaurant and landscaping gift certificates, locally made pottery, plants, herbs, flowers, and more. The exhibition is open to all ages, and light refreshments will be offered to guests.

Inspired 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, gardeners, and book lovers.  All three floors of the James Library are transformed into a virtual greenhouse visually representing each treasured book’s theme.  Visitors are encouraged to purchase votes for $1 for their favorite display in support of the Library’s annual appeal, which helps maintain the building and funds music, art, and literary programming throughout the year.  First, second, and third place winners will be selected and announced at 3:30 pm the same day.

Admission to Books in Bloom is a suggested $10 donation at the door, $5 for children, and tickets to the fundraising raffle are available during the week prior and at the event.  Books in Bloom is sponsored by Cavanaro Consulting, HUB International, and Image Resolutions.

Interested in creating an exhibit? Contact the James at (781) 659-7100 to learn more and register.

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About the James Library & Center for the Arts

Since 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 Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1 to 5 pm, Thursdays and Fridays from 12 to 5 pm, and on Saturday from 10 to 2 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, Twitter and Instagram.