As of February, the engraved brick sidewalk at the soon-to-be-opened Michael E. Busch Annapolis Library, is in place. The sidewalk, which goes from the parking lot to the front entrance of the building was designed to contain bricks which donors purchased as part of the library foundation’s brick campaign, held in the summer of 2019. Library friends from across the county, and some even from out of state, donated $100 for each brick, with many donating more than one.
The sidewalk contains some 1,590 engraved bricks. Each has a unique inscription from a simple word or name to book quotes. Foundation President Sam Brown marveled at the variety and creativity of what was on many of the bricks, “After the sidewalk was completed my daughter and I took a field trip to look for our 10 family bricks. We found them all and spent over two hours reading the many messages left for the world to see by our many brick donors. It was a fun afternoon reading every brick, smiling and laughing and with many oohs and aahs. Some were funny, some meaningful and some so cryptic I couldn’t figure them out.”
Donations to the foundation’s brick campaign totaled $156,000. Funds raised will be used to enhance the facilities and programming at all of the library’s 16 branches.
(Photo: Evelyn Dahl reads next to the brick she “received” for her 16th birthday. Credit Vicky Bruce.)