Pianist Rick Saint Pierre rehearses Thursday in the newly renovated Bud Werner Memorial Library's community room. Saint Pierre will perform today at a dedication ceremony for the library's renovation and expansion.

Photo by Brandon Gee

Pianist Rick Saint Pierre rehearses Thursday in the newly renovated Bud Werner Memorial Library's community room. Saint Pierre will perform today at a dedication ceremony for the library's renovation and expansion.

Library dedication planned for today

Event features tours of expanded facility, music and appearance by Ben Franklin

Advertisement

If you go

What: Bud Werner Memorial Library dedication ceremony

When: Today; 4 to 6 p.m. open house, tours and music; 6 p.m. dedication ceremony with refreshments to follow

Where: Bud Werner Memorial Library, 1289 Lincoln Ave.

Cost: Free

Call: 879-0240 for more information

By the numbers

Selected statistics from first five months in new library versus same months a year earlier

Sept. 2007 Jan. 2008 Sept. 2008 Jan. 2009 Increase

Total check outs 83,227 119,612 44%

Adult collections

Books 26,031 31,868 22%

DVD 13,797 21,583 56%

Audio books on CD 4,574 5,569 22%

Music* 0 9,087 NA

Teen collections

Books 1,333 2,088 57%

Audio books on CD 150 247 65%

Children's collections

Books 13,682 21,710 59%

DVD 2,711 6,091 125%

Public Internet computer use

Total number of uses 13,763 23,786 72%

Total hours used 6,806 15,918 134%

New library cards 870 1,782 105%

Downloadable audio books 450 712 58%

* Music collection added with new library's opening

Source: Chris Painter, executive director, Bud Werner Memorial Library

On the 'Net

Visit Bud Werner Memorial Library online at www.steamboatlibrary.org.

— A little sweeping and sign-hanging were about the only tasks being finished up Thursday in the newly renovated Bud Werner Memorial Library, which will host a dedication ceremony today.

The dedication ceremony is for the recently completed renovation of the library's original structure and for the accompanying expansion that opened last year. The event, which kicks off at 6 p.m., will be preceded by an open house, tours and music from 4 to 6 p.m. and followed by refreshments. Bob Matteo, president of the library's board of directors, said the dedication ceremony will include a presentation on the library's namesake, recognition of those who participated in the remodel and expansion, a film on the project and an appearance by a Ben Franklin historical impersonator.

Matteo said he is very pleased with the way the library turned out.

"I think the community has given themselves an incredible gift with this facility," he said.

The $12.5 million expansion and remodel was paid for by $11.4 million in voter-approved funds and $1.1 million in grants and private donations.

The library has added 8,000 titles to its collection - including 1,500 titles in a brand new music collection - for a total of 88,000 titles.

The vast expansion also includes dedicated spaces for children and teenagers, a coffee shop, various works of art and three times as many public computers. The renovation of the original structure includes a large community room, offices, conference rooms, a staff lounge, 30 employee lockers and other back-of-house operations.

"I think it turned out very well," said construction site superintendent John Haass, of Adolfson & Peterson Construction, "and the community will have something to be very proud of."

Haass said reusing the original library building so that its heritage was not lost was the most rewarding part of the project.

The entire project aims to receive a silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, and Matteo said there is an outside chance it could be rated LEED gold. Haass said he is in the process of submitting the necessary paperwork to the U.S. Green Building Council.

Sustainability is built into the building in many ways, from energy-efficient lighting to footstools made from recycled cardboard and carpet tiles made from recycled soda bottles.

- To reach Brandon Gee, call 871-4210 or e-mail bgee@steamboatpilot.com

Comments

Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Requires free registration

Posting comments requires a free account and verification.