Thursday, February 2, 2012

North Branch!

When I visited the library yesterday, the landscaping crews were hard at work planting our BayFriendly landscaping.  The library is proud that all of our projects with be BayFriendly rated!

This nook was once the women's restroom and is really taking shape as a new computer area.  The flooring is being installed in this photo.

Can you stand how gorgeous this is?!!?  The crew is putting in new linoleum flooring with a smashing decorative border.  The history of linoleum is really fascinating, and it was chosen as our flooring because of its historical nature.

This is a view from the rotunda into our new processing room. 

Here in the children's room, you can see the heating vents cut out in the flooring around the perimeter of the room.  Next, the crew will paint over the pink shelving and then install the flooring.  Notice the gorgeous warm yellow paint that coats the walls!

This was formerly our staff work area, and before that a reference room.  It will be our Holds area and contain a book return drop that will feed into our automated material handler in the adjacent processing room.  The purple area above the cabinetry will support our public art.

The new staff workroom is currently a storage area for benches that will be placed on the exterior patios of the library.  The large stack of wood is actually the original woodwork and baseboards that will be reused to be more efficient and keep waste to a minimum.

This is the framing of the door to the lower level.

New staff break room!  Our hardworking staff will have a clean, safe spot for having lunch or a break.

This photo of the lower level shows the community meeting room and doors to the well-appointed public and staff restrooms.

Isn't it great?

Part of the ceiling is already up, and once the audio-visual equipment is in place, the rest of the ceiling will be installed.

Here is the back entrance to the library.  We'll have benches here so that all can comfortably sit and enjoy some fine literature and conversation in our newly landscaped environment!

More landscaping. 

More reclaimed original wooden baseboards.  These have been sanded, stained, and finished and will soon be reinstalled.

Here the crew is giving our woodwork a much needed beauty treatment.  The detail that the construction crew is putting to restoration is making this library look and feel brand new.

More BayFriendly landscaping on the front patio.

Bike racks!