Last week, the Honan-Allston Branch of the Boston Public Library and members of the Allston-Brighton community gathered on a beautiful summer evening behind the library in Ray Mellone Park to celebrate the winners of the “Name the Lions” contest, in which children submitted their ideas for naming the lion statues that reside in the park. The celebration included a picnic, free children’s books, a lion craft, face painting, and music from the group Ben Rudnick and Friends. Congratulations to Kiana, who wrote the best story on how the lions arrived at the park and came to make it their home, and to winners Dontay, Sheila, Aurora, and Ryland for coming up with wonderful names for the lions – Lionel, Rusty, Hermione, and Courage are nameless no more. The lions will soon have permanent plaques engraved with their names and those of the children who named them.
The selection committee included Children’s Librarian Amanda Bressler, President of the Friends of the Honan-Allston Branch Paula Alexander, Assistant Director of Community Relations for Harvard University Jim Barrows, and James Curley from the office of Representative Kevin Honan. To view additional photos and to learn more about programming at the Honan-Allston Branch, please visit their Facebook page or events calendar for more information.