This is part 2 of the summary of the presentation made by architect Bruce Tuthill at the September 16 town meeting. It covers the library design. For PDF copies of the designs, go to the September 16, 2011 blog post, or to the link on the right sidebar.
- The new design provides for 6311 square feet for the library and 456 square feet for the archives.
- Entrance is through a lobby which serves to keep cold air out in the winter.
- The book drop is off the lobby and is large enough to house items such as a snow shovel, a broom and sand.
- Patrons enter into the main area where the circulation desk will be directly ahead and display areas to the sides.
- While the library is larger than the current building, it is designed to be run without an increase in staff.
- The circulation desk is centrally located so that the staff can monitor the whole building.
- The office and technical area have glass windows.
- The reference section will have low shelves so that the stack can be seen from the circulation desk.
- There is a quiet reading area where the magazines and newspapers are displayed.
- A study room for 6 people can be used for small meetings, study groups, tutoring or for quiet work.
- A larger conference room will be used for larger meetings. It is intended to be multifunctional, and will also be available to people working with materials from the archives.
- There are four computer stations with printers.
- Tables are available for study and for laptop users.
- The children’s area is divided from the rest of the library by a glass wall with glass doors that may be closed to contain noise. Noise is a particular problem in the current library.
- There is an entrance into the program room so that it can be used for children’s programs and crafts.
- The program room will seat 70 people and is designed to be multifunctional.
- There is the entrance to the children’s room and a low sink so that the program room can be used for children’s activities.
- A kitchen will allow for refreshments.
- There is a closet to store tables and chairs.
- A door leads to a terrace for outside activities.
- The program room and toilets can be closed off from the rest of the library allowing for use outside normal library hours.
- There will be a basement under approximately one third of the building.
- The basement will house the mechanical rooms and the IT room.
- The rest of the space will be used for storage including the books for the annual book sale.
- There is an entrance from within the building, an outside hatch for larger items, and a dumbwaiter for moving boxes of books and other heavy items.
- The library is designed to have a barn-type appearance in keeping with the rural character of the town.
- The design has been kept simple to reduce costs.
- It will have vertical siding, and there will be low field stone walls at the front and by the terrace.
- It could possibly be painted barn red or white.