Like a sentry, a concrete statue of a dog balancing a stack of books on its head stands at the entrance to the future Millvale Community Library on Grant Avenue in the heart of the borough's business district.
And now the Schnauzer-like dog has a name.
Pages was the name selected from among the other finalists -- Booker, Shakespeare, Millie and Webster.
A library committee narrowed the field from 65 submissions; applicants had paid $5 to enter their suggested names for the 4-foot- tall canine. Six third-grade representatives from Marzolf and Reserve primary schools in Shaler Area School District voted for the winner.
The winning entries were submitted by Tammy Cunic of Allison Park, Barbara Wassell of Millvale and Gregg Dietz of West End. They will receive certificates recognizing their naming rights, according to Lisa Seel of Hampton, who coordinated the contest.
The statue was sculpted by James Simon, 56, of Pittsburgh, whose other works include the 2010 concrete Fallen Heroes memorial for three Pittsburgh policemen killed in the line of duty, and three 15-foot musicians on Liberty Avenue Downtown.
He currently is installing a mosaic welcome sign for his neighborhood.
Mr. James said he was teaching a tai chi class in Millvale when he learned of the library project, which began in 2007 and involves renovation of a building at 213 Grant Ave.
"Brian Wolovich, the library board president, mentioned a sculpture and I proposed a dog," he said.
He modeled it after a friend's pet and added the whimsical stack of books to the statue, which first was formed in clay, then cast in concrete.
The $2,200 he was paid for the work came from the Pittsburgh Foundation through its online Voices of Youth grant competition and was a discounted price, Mr. Wolovich said.
Virginia Miller, freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org .