Saturday, April 25, 2009

The New Beloit Public Library, Part 1

Rain didn't dampen the enthusiasm or diminish the turnout for the Beloit Public Library's dedication and open house today.

The Entrance

The Library is located in the space previously occupied by J. C. Penney in the Beloit Mall. The 55,000-square-foot facility on two levels is an expertly engineered and beautifully designed re-use of space. Look for what is now called the Eclipse Center to become a vital civic center.

The Lobby

Commemorating today's dedication

Just inside the second set of doors
(looking at circulation desk)

"Peek-a-boo" window looking into
the children's department

Lots of room to maneuver
behind the circulation desk

A view from the opposite end
of the circulation desk

The reference desk

New books display/browsing area

"No, Hon, you can't check out until Monday."

At this point in my self-guided tour, I was (almost) ready to come out of retirement. The Beloit Public Library is looking for a new Director, by the way. From what I heard, candidates with well-developed skills in working with community organizations are encouraged to apply.

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