New Library Taking Shape
2004) The new Steele Creek Library is looking more and more like a
library as construction continues towards a planned summer opening.
A prominent feature that will greet visitors is an arbor running the
length of the west side of the building and extending along the sides of the two
gardens on the north and south ends. White clematis
and yellow jasmine recently have been planted and will eventually
cover the arbor.
The north garden contains a oak tree and two large crape myrtles.
This garden will feature a piece of artwork that gives a suggestion
of cat tail stalks blowing in the wind. It will have parts both
inside and outside the large glassed northern end of the library.
Natural and artificial light will give it the appearance of changing
The south garden is surrounded by a metal fence. This garden will
be accessed from the children's section within the library and will be open
only for special programs.
The inside of the library is still cluttered with construction
materials and shelving parts, but the major sections are already
entering the library from the parking lot, visitors will see the circulation desk on the
right (see photo to the right). Behind this, on the southwest
portion of the building,
are rooms for staff
use, including the circulation workroom, librarian's office, and
area is on the south end of the library. It features a pergola with
workstations for eight computers and a gazebo piercing the south
wall. The gazebo will have benches and pillows to welcome children
and their parents to sit and read. There will be rocking chairs and
other cozy places where parents can sit and read aloud to their
children, or the children can read to themselves.
Gazebo and pergola in the library's children's area
Directly opposite the main entrance is a community meeting room.
Also along this side are the restrooms and display cases, one of
which will house selections from the collections of the Steele
Creek Historical and Genealogical Society.
Central area with
circulation desk on the left and
restrooms, display cases, and entrance to the meeting room on
The north end of the
library is for adult collections. The information desk sits in the
middle. Book stacks will be in the center and northeast portions.
The large window area will look out over the garden and feature the
large public art piece.
Adult area with Information
Desk in center
Adult stacks (viewed from the
north end window)
Young adult area with windows
to the Computer Learning Center in the background
Just to the left of
the main entrance is the Young Adult area which will have about
eight computers for general use. Adjacent to the Young Adult area is
the Computer Learning Center containing 16 computers where classes
on internet and other computer uses can take place. Next to the
Computer Learning Center is a room that will be reserved for silent
study and will have eight carols. Finally, on the northwest corner
is a small conference room.
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The rooms on this floor plan are correct, but the arrangements of
stacks and other furniture has changed since this layout was made.
The Steele Creek community is looking forward to the opening this
summer when they'll be able to see and use their beautiful new
Creek Library Association web site for more information on
the association's fund drive.