Madison County Public Library News

Friday, December 21, 2007

More done . . .more to come

As had been mentioned before, the new library will have its own "private garden". This "garden" is actually an outdoor reading area in the front of the building. As you can see in the images below, workers are busily building elements of this area.

This area will be completely enclosed so that everyone must still enter and exit the library through the front door. The additional wall does hold a single brick that is different from all others in the new library. Look closely and you will see a white painted brick, one of the only bricks rescued from the demolition of the old building. It is also one of a very few elements that will serve to tie old library to new.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Curbs and Details

In spite of the cold rainy weather, people have been hard at work at the library site. As you can see below, curbs are being set so that the blacktop may soon be poured.

In the private garden area, workers prepare to build a wall.

For those of you that remember the ceramic tiles on the youth area window sill, they will be moved to this prominent place in the library foyer.

The Berea Room is still under construction, of course.

The reading area is still being worked on. Plans show a fireplace on both sides of this center wall.

Through this door will soon be an open air reading area.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Ever closer to completion . . .

More and more details of the library are appearing each time I step onto the construction site. Workers are ever diligent in their masonry, framing, and drywalling work. It is requiring less
and less imagination to visualize the finished product.

Below is the entrance door frame. In a few months time hundreds of our patrons will pass through this portal daily.

The skylights will eliminate the gloom and closed in feeling that is seen in so many other libraries.

The reading area will provide a wonderful view as you relax near the fireplace and enjoy a bit of light reading.

If you would rather read outdoors, the "private garden" promises to be just as breathtaking.

These men are hard at work helping to set up curbs along the boundaries of the parking lot. In
a couple of short weeks, a blacktopping crew will come in and give us a proper parking lot.