She keeps a constant vigil in her preferred spot on a bench, never abandoning her place, her eyes contstantly focused on the book in her hand, good weather or bad, winter or summer, daylight or dark.

Sometime after her death in 1997, Jean Moyer Akin's husband, Bill, had a statue commissioned of his late wife to place at her favorite spot, engaged in her favorite pastime -- at the Mason County Public Library, reading a book.

Today, the sit-beside-me statute has become an iconic symbol for locals, who often take it upon themselves to give the bronze sculpture a scarf or hat when winter with its ice and snow arrives.

A plague placed near the base gives more information on what may be some little known facts about the statue.

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The open book she is holding gives a short biography of her life and begins "…and she moved to Mason County, the little girl with the blue eyes and blond hair."

The book is meant to depict her favorite book – "Driven Woman," which is set in Mason County.

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