The official dedication of the William Jeanes Memorial Library and Nicholas and Athena Karabots Center for Learning, Lafayette Hill, PA, took place on May 23. Through a $4.4 million contribution from Whitemarsh Township residents the Karabotses, plus a $1.2 million capital campaign, the 1971 building was remodeled and expanded from 7000 square feet to 18,000 square feet. […]
The Waynesboro Public Library, VA, reopened in June following a yearlong renovation to the 27,743 square foot building, originally dedicated in 1969. The focus of the $1.6 million project is the relocation of the children’s activity center to the main floor to mesh with the children’s collection, according to Newsleader.com. […]
A new library is on the horizon for the City of Boca Raton, FL, following the June groundbreaking for the new Boca Raton Downtown Library. The 42,000 square foot facility will be the second of two libraries approved in a 2003 $19.8 million bond measure; the Boca Raton Spanish River Library opened in 2008. Costing $10 million, the Downtown Library is designed by PGAL of Boca Raton in the Mediterranean architectural style of Addison Mizner (1872–1933), emblematic of south Florida, and includes pedestrian-friendly walkways and a plaza. […]
Libraries sharing buildings with centers of recreation and learning report that their partners bring exposure to new users. Libraries are also forming partnerships to share buildings with other agencies focused on education, such as colleges and historic societies. In the East Bay Area of California, the Lafayette Library and Learning Center building is shared by the library and the Glenn Seaborg Learning Consortium, a partnership of 12 education, science, and arts institutions.