Recent efforts to replace a bronze statue’s stolen book were inspired by a Camas fifth-grader who was concerned that the little girl looked lonely. In turn, the bronze statue inspired the 9-year-old’s imagination and creativity as the subject of her very own short story, featuring dragons, thieves, beasts and magic spells.
Olivia Brotherton, a student at Grass Valley Elementary School, was on hand Saturday afternoon to unveil the newly refurbished “reading girl” bronze statue. The statue of a little girl reading a book sits on one of the benches that surround the fountain located at Northeast Fourth Avenue and Cedar Street in downtown Camas.
The event, attended by a crowd that included Mayor Scott Higgins, members of the Camas City Council, Downtown Camas Association Executive Director Carrie Schulstad, and local citizens, was part of Spring Into History” month, organized by the DCA.
More than a decade ago, shortly after it was installed, the book was stolen from the statue and never replaced.
Brotherton and her grandfather, Camas resident Randy Curtis, walked by the statue one day about a month ago after having dinner with family. They wondered about its backstory.