Because of its role as a vital public institution within the Stevensville community, the Library deserves a facility that is not only highly functional, comfortable and user friendly but is also uplifting to its patrons and the community in general.
To that end, we are planning a new building that provides clarity, flexibility and efficiency for patrons and library staff. The historic R.H. Rasmussen building will be adaptively reused and paired with the construction of a new two-story ‘twin’ that will house community room functions.
Plans are already well underway to renovate the building. Take a look at the Schematic Design Package created by Comma-Q Architecture, Inc. The plan will be carried out by general contractor Martel Construction.
The Business Case for Beautiful Libraries – Take a look at this article that describes the benefit of beautiful libraries to communities. A few quotes:
“The public library is a city’s epic living room…”
“Homes located within one-quarter mile of the library were worth more than those further away.”
“In a world obsessed by connection, via Twitter, e-mail and endlessly multiplying Facebook friends, the library gives us permission to hunker down by a window or a fireplace, disconnect from the hammering distractions of everyday life, and get on with what has to be learned, and contemplated.”