Meadville Tribune

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June 8, 2014

Children's Book Council approves of local window display

MEADVILLE — A window display at a Meadville book store has won a national contest sponsored by the Children’s Book Council.

Beth Heuchert said she and Lisa McFerren designed and built the display at Tattered Corners on Chestnut Street. It features a silhouette of a child sitting on a chair with feet propped up while reading a book. But, it was not just an ordinary chair. The chair was made of children’s book stacked up to form a chair with side arms and a seat. The display also includes the official contest poster as well as an end table and lamp surrounded by various books nominated for the prize.

“We had worked together on the window a couple of years ago that brought Chris Van Allsburg, author of ‘Polar Express’ and ‘Jumanji’ to Meadville,” Heuchert said, explaining how the project came about. “When I saw this contest I thought we ought to try again.”

Criteria for the contest was to use the available space well, incorporating the poster and using the theme of the poster. Also cited was the uniqueness of the display.

“Lisa and I brainstormed what might work to stay within the theme of the poster and came up with building a chair out of books,” Heuchert said.

McFerren is an art teacher in Crawford Central School District. She created the child and covered the table and lamp. Heuchert is a long-term substitute elementary librarian at Crawford Central and works occasionally at Tattered Corners, doing the windows.

In addition to the planning and gathering of materials, there was time needed to make the child, the furniture and build the chair. “We spent a good number of afternoons and evenings on the project,” Heuchert said.

In addition to receiving the award, an author or illustrator will visit the store at a future date. Heuchert said it is unknown yet who will visit the store.

Heuchert said she is pleased with the publicity Tattered Corners has recently received on social media sites.

“We loved Tattered Corners’ creative take on this year’s official poster by ‘Fancy Nancy,’ illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser,” wrote the Children’s Book Council, contest sponsor, on its website.

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