Library construction projects continue at a rapid pace
Construction on the third renovated library in Garfield County is progressing nicely. In fact, the library district has set a date for the New Castle Branch Library’s grand re-opening ceremony: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 14. Join us for refreshments and giveaways.The new library will feature a beautiful new fireplace and reading area, local history room, teen area, interactive children’s area and new community meeting room. The temporary branch next door to Subway and City Market, at 820 Castle Valley Blvd., will close on Saturday, March 24, so we can move materials and prepare the new building for opening day. The new library is being designed by Michael Hassig and Brad Zeigel of A4 Architects and is being built by B&H Construction. There are still donor opportunities at the new library. Contact Kelsy Been at 625-4270 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.Silt: We will break ground on the Silt Branch Library in March and it will open late in 2012. The building design features an expandable meeting room to accommodate larger events as well as two study rooms, unique children’s and teen spaces, and a plaza between the existing Silt Town Hall and the new library. The plaza will feature 28 concrete “books” as outdoor art. The architect is Paul Trementozzi of Oz Architecture and the contractor is FCI. Donors will have an opportunity to name their favorite title and author as part of the installation. Contact Kelsy Been for more information.Glenwood Springs: The new library in Glenwood Springs, to be built at the corner of Cooper and Eighth, is wrapping up design development with architect Dennis Humphries of Humphries Poli Architects , with FCI handling the construction. The new library will have an underground parking structure, and a second floor above owned by Colorado Mountain College. A second parking structure will be constructed at the corner of Ninth and Cooper by the Glenwood Springs Downtown Development Authority and the City of Glenwood Springs. The project calls for a new 14,000-square-foot library on the ground floor and a community plaza. The second floor will be unfinished, providing future expansion space for the library and CMC. The library will feature terrific children’s and teen areas, a quiet reading room with a fireplace, four study rooms and a large community meeting room. We plan to break ground on the project in April.Carbondale: The library district hired Willis Pember Architects and Humphries Poli Architects to design the new library for Carbondale. Currently the project is in design development. We have hosted two community meetings, with a third scheduled for Jan. 12. Special emphasis will be placed on engaging community artisans to contribute to the project. The new library will be a 13,000-square-foot facility at the corner of Sopris and Third. We hope to break ground by summer 2012, with a completion date of mid-2013. Currently the project includes an outdoor reading patio, three study rooms, a joint community room/quiet reading area and special children’s area. The Mount Sopris Historical Society is exploring the possibility of creating a time capsule as part of the project. Watch the society’s website for more information at http://www.mtsoprishistoricalsociety.org. The project will be bid out for construction in the late spring.We are committed to providing safe and efficient facilities and are working to ensure that overall operational costs for the district remain low as we expand our facilities to meet the library needs of the future. We are putting special emphasis on green features and energy efficiency. Check out how our new buildings in Parachute and Rifle are doing on their energy consumption and solar energy production at garfieldenergynavigator.org.
Kids 10 and under, here’s your chance to grab a Christmas ornament kit at the Parachute Branch Library to take home and spread your holiday cheer. Kits will be available today only, until they are gone. The library is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today For information, call 285-9870.
At 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 27, the Rifle Branch Library will have a gaming day that’s just for kids (elementary school ages only). Come alone or grab a friend and enjoy yourself in a Mario Kart battle! Call 625-3471 for information.
The library will combine laptop computers, board games, a Wii and a big screen (a.k.a the works!) to make this a techie’s dream. Play one or play them all from 2-3:30 on Tuesday, Dec. 27, at the Parachute Branch Library. Just have a techie good time. For information call 285-9870.
The Rifle Branch Library will host a movie matinee at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 28, featuring the movie “Kung Fu Panda 2: Kaboom of Doom.” Join your friends at the library as we watch Po and The Furious Five on their action-packed adventure to save China. For information on this free event call 625-3471.
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