“The $70 million used to renovate Central Library included $20 million to be raised from a capital campaign. That campaign has exceeded its goal, the library announced in a news release.“St. Louis has a world-class Library today because of the vision and generosity of Andrew Carnegie in the late 19th and early 20th centuries,” Tom Schlafly, co-chairman of the campaign, said in the release.” (via STLToday)
“As of its sesquicentennial year, the St. Louis Public Library boasts 17 neighborhood branches and more than two million annual visitors. To celebrate, it’s launched a website of historic images, “SLPL – Then and Now” and visitors can get commemorative library cards.
But to really mark its 150th anniversary, marketing director Cathy Heimberger said the literary institution wanted to get creative and show it’s “not your grandparents’ library.” So it’s partnering with three local eateries to create special, library-themed treats.” (via St. Louis Public Radio)
“When Charles Thomas tells his friends he’s in the studio working on his latest release, they don’t expect to hear its being recorded at the library. ‘I tell them, ‘You want to come down you just got to bring your library card,’ says Charles Thomas.
Since January he’s put in 20 two hour sessions in the new creative experience lab. ‘So in Creative Experience we have Mac computers and they’re all set up in collaborative work areas we call them pods,’ says Andrea Johnson, the Creative Experience Specialist. ‘They have the iLife suite on them which is Garageband, iMovie and iPhoto and we also have Adobe Creative Suite Six which includes Photoshop and Dreamweaver.’ (via FOX2now.com)
“The fates of two libraries are all but sealed, but those who love their branches pleaded Monday for officials to reconsider plans to knock them down. More than 100 people attended the St. Louis County library’s Board of Trustees meeting. Speakers urged the board to re-consider plans to demolish the Lewis and Clark branch in Moline Acres and the Tesson Ferry library in Green Park. “I know you didn’t mean to make a bad decision, but you did,” Carol Hamilton, a Green Park alderwoman, told the trustees.” (via stltoday.com)
“Charles Pace, who helped the St. Louis County Library pass its first tax rate increase in decades, has resigned as library director, staff members learned today. A memo gave no reason for the resignation and said it was effective July 12. Pace could not be reached for comment. Kristen Sorth, assistant director of administration, was named interim director.” (via stltoday.com)
“Renovated Central Library has been picked as one of the best library projects of the past two years. The American Institute of Architects chose it and five other libraries across the country for a library building award, the group announced today in a press release. The library, which originally opened in 1912, is honored with the biennial award from the AIA and the American Library Association. The award celebrates the best in library design by U.S. licensed architects. For the St. Louis library, work was by Cannon Design.” (via St. Louis Post Dispatch)