Library Artwork

Library Displays
The Parkland Library has a wonderful selection of commissioned, donated, and loaned artwork on display for our visitors' enjoyment. The Library also maintains display racks and cases for exhibits, showcasing a variety of work that is of general educational or cultural interest to the Parkland community. 

Monthly Art Display
Racks and display cases are available by reservation. For more information on reserving these, contact the library by email or (954) 757-4200. 
Learn more about the library's public artworks:

Artwork Information


World Trade Center Artifact?
Dedicated September 11, 2003
Shortly after the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001, then Vice-Mayor, presently Mayor, Robert Marks contacted New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani about acquiring some pieces of the World Trade Center for use in Parkland municipal buildings. His goal was to show unity, the indomitable spirit of the American people, and that our commitment to freedom and democracy can never be destroyed. Just as libraries record the past and inspire the future, so the piece shown here records an event in history and reaches toward new beginnings.

Parkland artist Anthony Michael uses a sunrise for the background of a New York skyline mural as a symbol of each new day's promise at dawn in spite of what may have come the day before. The grid in the foreground resembles the lower floors of the Twin Towers. Because only a small number of other cities in the U.S. received similar artifacts the Parkland Library is honored to be able to provide this rare public access. We do not know the original location of this piece of steel beam. 

Historical Documents

American flag
Art in the Library - Etched Window
Dedicated February 10, 2004
The window at the entrance to the Children's Room is a gift from the Parkland Friends of the Library. In keeping with Parkland's reputation as a tree city, children are depicted reading under a large, spread-top tree. The etching was produced by Richard May from Glass Menagerie of Fort Lauderdale.

The quote "A Good Book is the Best of Friends" is from Martin Farquahar Tupper (1810-1889). A best-selling British author during his lifetime, he is now forgotten. The book was called Proverbial Philosophy Series I (1838). The chapter titled "Of Reading" provides the full quote: "a good book is the best of friends, the same to-day and forever."

Sharing Brotherhood
This artwork is a gift from the Riverglades Elementary School PTA. The original drawing, with its multicultural theme, was created in 1997 for the school. A second version was purchased when the new library building was announced. The piece was framed with funds from the Parkland Friends of the Library

Off the Range: Coming Through the Rye
By Frederic Remington
A gift from recently deceased Parkland resident Mary W. Barnes, this sculpture was given to her husband, the late Leslie O. Barnes, by Ryder Trucks upon his retirement as Ryder's President and CEO. The chest that it sits on was in Mr. Barnes's office. Daughter and former Parkland resident Amy Zafer says that because her father loved books and libraries and because the horse theme is part of the City's personality, the Parkland Library is a fitting home for the piece.

An original casting of this bronze is in the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. The Corcoran uses the title "Off the Range," while the Frederic Remington Art Museum refers to it as "Coming Through the Rye."

Wicked Pony
This is one of several Remington sculptures depicting a cowboy-horse confrontation. In this one, to use the artist's own words, "the bronco buster got busted." Ken Cutler, former President of the Parkland Friends of the Library, has loaned us this copy, which he acquired at an auction.

Celebrating America's Public Libraries Series
Celebrating America's Public Libraries is a series of prints commissioned by SIRS Publishing Inc. of Boca Raton and created by artist Joe Davis. Funds for framing of the prints were donated by the Parkland Woman's Club. The libraries depicted in our collection include:
  • Carnegie Free Library of Allegheny, Pennsylvania
  • Brumback Library in Van Wert, Ohio
  • Pack Horse Librarians of Kentucky
  • Philadelphia Library Company Building
  • Peterborough Town Library, New Hampshire
  • Ottendorfer Branch of the New York Public Library
  • Bookmobiles
  • Dr. Eugene Clark Library, Texas



Two Children Reading On a Log
Marking the entrance to the library and continuing our theme of children enjoying books, this sculpture is a gift from the Parkland Friends of the Library. It was purchased in 2005 from Parkland resident Austin Rose of The Rose Garden in Dania Beach.