A Brand New Library in Arizona, and Ahead of Schedule Too

It's Avondale's $6.2 million Old Town Library (pdf) and it opens on September 15th. Detroit-based SmithGroup designed and Tempe-based Sundt Construction built the state-of-the-art library.

"In addition to incorporating green and energy-efficient aspects into the building, the architecture makes good use of natural light to create an inviting atmosphere inside the library," said Dan Davis, Avondale's parks, recreation and libraries director. AZ Central reports.

Portland OR Library to Get an Ecoroof

What's an ecoroof you ask?

It's a vegetated rooftop achieved through planting carefully selected vegetation in specially designed soil layered over drainage material, all atop a conventional roofing membrane. It costs more than a traditional roof, but has many other benefits...triples roof life, reduces runoff, saves energy, absorbs carbon dioxide, gives off oxygen, etc. etc.

And it's going up atop Portland's Central Library. Tours of the library’s new roof may be offered to the public once the project is completed, said John Cabrera, a spokesman for the library.


Watching a Library Grow in Colorado

The construction of a new southeast branch library in Fort Collins is like an open book, or at least an open website. The public has been involved from the onset on the project, is considered to be the 'general contractor' and is encouraged to keep up with the progress of construction.

Library to be 'Cool' Again

No, not this kind of cool...

Congratulations to the Rawlins Municipal Library in Pierre SD on getting its A.C. back...can you imagine weeks of summer heat without air conditioning?


Going Going Gone...Public Library Goes to University at Auction

If you've ever wanted to own a library, you might just have missed your chance.

Lexington's Northside public library branch building was auctioned off at 11 am today and sold to the University of Kentucky for $1.2 million, just the amount is was appraised at last year.

Starbucks to Close 600 Locations

Jason Calacanis, CEO of Mahalo, noted in his Twitter post earlier that it appears that Starbucks is closing 600 stores. For libraries pondering whether or not it is best to have a coffee shop in the mix, this brings up a point of business economics we rarely have to encounter. Coverage by Mahalo's team of the stories relative to the event can be found online at Mahalo.

Iowa Floods: Information and News

<a href="http://www.dubuque.lib.ia.us/adult/blog/?p=158" title="Iowa Floods"><strong>Iowa Floods: Information and News</strong></a> Adult Services Blog, Carnegie-Stout Public Library, Dubuque <blockquote><a href="http://www.511ia.org/" title="Roads"><strong>Iowa Road Closures, Travel Advisories and Maps</strong></a> Iowa 511 Traveler Information <strong><a href="http://iowadot.gov/floods/index.html" title="Flood Safety">Flood Safety</a></strong> Iowa Department of Transportation <a href="http://www.idph.state.ia.us/adper/flood.asp" title="Flood-related Disease Precautions"><strong>Flood-Related Disease Precautions and Information</strong></a> Iowa Department of Health <a href="http://www.governor.iowa.gov/news/2008/06/contact.php" title="Iowa State Agencies Assisting in Disaster Recovery"><strong>Iowa State Agencies Assisting in Disaster Recovery</strong></a> Iowa Governor's Office <a href="http://dhs.iowa.gov/Consumers/Assistance_Programs/CashAssistance/DisasterAssistance/StormHelp.html" title="Individual Disaster Assistance"><strong>Individual Disaster Assistance</strong></a> Iowa Department of Human Services <a href="http://www.iowahomelandsecurity.org/Home/JuneSevereWeather/tabid/184/Default.aspx" title="June Severe Weather"><strong>June Severe Weather</strong></a> Iowa Homeland Security &amp; Emergency Management <a href="http://www.weather.gov/" title="National Weather Service"><strong>National Weather Service</strong></a> NOAA

Cozy Book Furniture For Your Children('s Section)

Often, when attending classes or sessions on library design, I'll hear about how such and such library adopted a sci-fi theme for their youth area. Or this and so library went with a Where the Wild Things Are theme for their children's section.

Here's a wild idea, why not adopt a library and book theme for your kid's area and then get some furniture that looks like big freakin' books?

If not for a library, with some venture capital I'd open a coffee house with furniture like this!

This is not your parents' library, or yours either

We never had this as kids! Toronto Public Library offers a new literacy playground. From the light-up entrance to the silver rocket ship to the wall of spinning blocks, this is so not the library you grew up with. The Toronto Public Library today opens the first of several planned KidsStops – an indoor literacy playground – located in the S. Walter Stewart branch in East York, which has been closed since September 2006 for a major renovation. http://www.thestar.com/article/432693


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