Archive for April, 2010


The more things change, the more they stay the same

April 17, 2010
I’ve always loved that saying.  Maybe I love it because it’s helped me feel less afraid of the future.  Change can be very scary.   Holding onto memories of the past helps you remember why you are trying that new thing or provides comfort in case of anxiety.   As we worked through the process of designing our library, we had many discussions about how to keep the most beautiful spaces.  We dug through old photo albums to see how things looked years ago, before any of us were born.  When we talked about the area between the 1916 and 1931 structures we realized we had an opportunity to recreate something similar to what there before.  We decided to put doors back in place providing the best opportunity to keep the reading areas in the 1916 library as quiet as possible, creating an area for quiet contemplation.   We’ve planned double doors at all three doorways.  When I was at the library this week, I saw they’d removed my office as well as the entire circulation desk that spanned both rooms.  You can now see exactly where the three sets of double doors will go.   I see this as a  nod to history, a way to highlight a stunning architecture feature, and a practical solution to reducing noise.  Take a look at the photo and imagine how beautiful it will be!

Obviously, there's a reason I'm a librarian and not an architect!


Demolition and salvage have begun in earnest

April 13, 2010

Checkout area...with desk removed

Public more!

A visit to the library now requires a hard hat and permission. I stood in the library today and marveled at the beauty of this building, despite the rubble.  My office is gone.  Everyone can now see the beautiful cupboard, built in 1916, that was formerly tucked away in my office.  The circulation desk is but a memory.   The staff kitchen cupboards have made their way to Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. Everything is marked and discussed: “staying” or “going.”  Sometimes even the “staying” is “going” temporarily just to get it out of the way.  Joe Daniels Construction Company wants to be sure the valuable items that will be reused are not damaged.  Some of them are irreplaceable.

The front terra cotta entrance and pillars are now being dismantled so that it can all be removed and put back together at our new entryway down the road.

It’s exciting to witness the tranformation.  We’ll do our best to share photos and video so you can see too!  (Thank you to Amy Lutzke for these photos and to Doug Hornickle for so expertly removing the shadows for us.)


Groundbreaking images

April 8, 2010

Some images from our groundbreaking, courtesy of librarian Paul Nelson. Thank you to Paul Nelson who covered our event in his blog and Ryan Whisner of the Daily Jefferson County Union for the great coverage of our special day.

Remarks from Helen Rose, library board president

It's been a real team effort

The sandbox before the building begins

An empty youth department looks surreal!

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