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New Library Taking Shape

(March 28,  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 colors.

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 recognizable.

Upon 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 staff lounge.

The children's 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 right.

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.

Click on the image below to see an enlargement of the floor plan. (You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these PDF images. Download free Acrobat Reader.) 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 library.

Visit the Steele Creek Library Association web site for more information on the association's fund drive.