February 17, 2018

Cedar Rapids Public Library | New Landmark Libraries 2015 Winner

Iowa’s Cedar Rapids Public Library faced disaster in 2008: a “500-year flood” that ruined homes, businesses, and the main, downtown branch of the public library. The library was filled with eight feet of water, which damaged the building and materials beyond repair. A group with a vision saw the silver lining and seized the opportunity to plan for a new library based on three main ideas.

Homecoming: Director Bob Pasicznyuk Departs Cedar Rapids, Returns to Douglas County Libraries

Bob Pasicznyuk started as director of of Cedar Rapids Public Library, IA, in 2009, a year after the city’s main branch had been entirely destroyed by flooding. Pasicznyuk came from his position as Associate Director at Douglas County Libraries, CO, to take the helm of a team that had collectively won Library Journal’s 2009 Librarian of the Year award and led the rebuilding of Cedar Rapids Library. Now, he’s returning to Douglas County to take over following the retirement of long-time director Jamie LaRue. Library Journal spoke with Pasicznyuk about his return to Colorado.