Art at the Columbia Public Library

Portrait Bust of Virginia G. Young

by Sabra Tull Meyer, 2004

This bronze portrait bust created by Sabra Tull Meyer is of the late Virginia G. Young, a longtime library trustee. Working from photographs spanning nearly 40 years of Young’s life and a lifelong acquaintance with Virginia, Meyer said she had little trouble completing the piece. “The hardest thing to capture in a portrait or bust is a person’s expression. I think that in this piece I really got Virginia’s half-smile.” The work is displayed in the second floor board room that bears Young’s name.

Young began her service to the Columbia Library District in 1952 when she was named to the board of trustees. She served nearly ten terms through 2002, leading the movement to build the original Columbia Public Library at 100 W. Broadway and playing a key role in the realization of the current building. She wrote the definitive book on library trusteeship, “The Library Trustee,” first published in 1964 and now in its fifth edition. Her knowledge and lifetime of library service all over the world earned her an honorary membership in the American Library Association (ALA) – the highest library award.

The Daniel Boone Regional Library Foundation commissioned the work, which was made possible by several donations in Young’s name.

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