Interview with John Augelli, Executive Director of the Rosenberg Library, Galveston, TX

After Hurricane Ike slammed Galveston, TX, September 13, there was little immediate word regarding the <a href="www.rosenberg-library.org/">Rosenberg Library</a> (web site inoperative), the 75,000 square foot complex downtown that houses a library, archives, and museum and serves as the headquarters for the Galveston County Library System.

Condemed Utah Site To Become Library

Darrell Kilpack has been collecting rusty old stuff for a long time. He wanted to build a Western theme park on the property near 2700 South and 8900 West, Magna UT, planning to use old materials to give visitors a look into the past. ''This would be a heck of a facility,'' Kilpack said.

But Salt Lake County officials didn't have the same vision. The county condemned Kilpack's property after he refused to negotiate a sale and paid to have the piles of old tires, broken machine parts and frayed industrial gloves removed. About 70 percent of the material was in condition to be recycled, said Bruce Gibson, owner of the franchise that removed the refuse. "A lot of this has to be done by hand,'' Gibson said. ''There was just an amazing amount of hoarding being done.''

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the proposed library is scheduled to open by spring 2010. It will include a plaza and has been designed to fit the county's plan to revitalize Magna's Main Street.


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


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