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

Iowa Floods: Information and News
Adult Services Blog, Carnegie-Stout Public Library, Dubuque

Iowa Road Closures, Travel Advisories and Maps
Iowa 511 Traveler Information

Flood Safety
Iowa Department of Transportation

Flood-Related Disease Precautions and Information
Iowa Department of Health

Iowa State Agencies Assisting in Disaster Recovery
Iowa Governor's Office

Individual Disaster Assistance
Iowa Department of Human Services

June Severe Weather
Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management

National Weather Service

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.


Follow Up On Schenectady Library Closure

The Schenectady Daily Gazette has a follow up story to the one posted here about the Schenectady Public Library closing for a year while they remodel and retrofit the library with new HVAC and electrical equipment.

From the article:

Officials announced Saturday that the county will solicit additional bid requests for revised construction plans, with the hope that the alternatives will cost less than the current $7.7 million plan, tackle many of the same overdue updating priorities and close the library for considerably less than the 10 to 12 months forecast, which drew a firestorm of protest.

In Prague, A Fantastic New Library that Might Never Get Built

In a country known for being in the forefront of architectural modernism, but that also has a love for history, The Prague Post reports on a controversy surrounding the construction of "The Octopus", the nickname of the as yet unbuilt national library. The building, described here, has become "so deeply ingrained in Prague public's psyche it's almost as though [it] has already been built."

The dispute over the new building has continued for months, as the design by architect Jan Kaplický dubbed “the Octopus” divided city officials and the public. Prague Mayor Pavel Bém, originally a supporter of the innovative purple design, is now one of its loudest opponents.

The latest solution appears to have come from National Gallery Director Milan Knížák, who considers the current Congress Center "extremely ugly", but nevertheless, wants it to "be rebuilt as a new National Library building" instead of allowing construction of "the octopus" . Reconstructing the old communist building (already reconstructed for the 2000 International Monetary Fund and World Bank summit and currently hosting cultural and scientific events) would help promote Prague as a tourist destination, serve its residents and solve the problems currently facing the National Library.”


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