Wednesday, October 29, 2008

LJ features a new "green library" in my hometown

Monday's Library Journal has an article I wrote about the new "green library" in Marshalltown, IA, my hometown. The new "green library" will replace a Carnegie Library built in 1902 and expanded in 1974. It is the first Iowa public library to seek LEED silver certification.

Like a century ago, financing the library involves public and private funds.

While researching about the Carnegie Library program, I learned that it was a public-private partnership. The Carnegie Foundation contributed $30,000 (a formula of $2 each for the population of 15,000, and the town had to agree to contribute, also based on its population. There were 101 Carnegie libraries built in Iowa. (This information isn't in the article. I found it in books in our collection.)

If you want to attend Friday's free LACUNY-NYPL Greening Libraries Greener Communities at the Bronx Library Center, you can still register. It is the first green public building in New York City.

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