Archive for October, 2011


Building and Architectural Items Available for Salvage

October 27, 2011

The city of Fort Atkinson is offering for sale (by sealed bid) salvage items from the parsonage property adjacent to the library at 106 W. Milwaukee Avenue.  The library purchased this property recently and will be razing it in the not-too-distant future to provide more green space for now and other opportunities for library use down the road.

The house has incredible wood doors and trim, beautiful pine and maple flooring, architectural heating grates and other items that may be of interest to people who are interested in preserving and reusing them for their own projects.  The wood used years ago is nothing short of spectacular and definitely worth recycling.

You can see the ad with all the details here.  We have scheduled 2 days for inspection if you would like to see the items in person:  Wednesday, November 2 and Saturday, November 5th.  Both days the house will be open from 1 to 2 p.m.  Appointments for other days and times are also welcome.

Bids are due at 2 p.m. on Monday, November 14th at the Municipal Building.  Please help spread the word to anyone you think might be interested in this unique opportunity for salvaging a variety of building items!


Magical entry to children’s library

October 25, 2011

As a part of our library project, we had envisioned a very distinct entrance to our Batterman Children’s Library.  We wanted it to be crystal clear where the circulation area ended and the children’s space began.  Our goal was to draw people in and convey, with art, exactly where young people would find a space created just for them.  (After all, many of them can’t read just yet so a sign isn’t necessarily the most effective tool.)Our art committee recently solicited proposals from artists and had seven extremely high quality submissions.    In the end, the committee selected local artist Jorn Mork who submitted a proposal that called for her collaboration with craftsman, Bill Bale, of Sandhill Designs.

The piece calls for some animals made from wood cutouts as well as wood panels with layered oil painting.   Working together, Jorn and Bill are creating that magical entryway we had envisioned.

Here are a couple of photos to give you a glimpse of what’s coming…very soon.

Artist Jorn Mork shows progress on her library panels for children’s entry

Ann Engelman with Bill Bale’s wood cutouts for Jorn Mork’s children’s entry

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