Monday, November 02, 2015

The Floating Glass Library is open

The Perpich Arts Library is open for business and attracting many students to its new location in the Gaia Building on the southeast corner of campus behind the high school building.

The library was invaded over the summer by rain water running onto the floor due to problems with the foundation. Librarian Anne Dennison reported water "flowing" across the floor. While there had been some problems with leakage in the northeast corner in previous years, this was the worst yet.
When the carpet was pulled up, asbestos was discovered, complicating any solutions for the space. Fortunately, no books or other library materials were harmed, but it became apparent the library would have to be moved in order to address the issues revealed by the leaks.
After a summer and early fall moving and storing library materials in new locations, the "new" library is humming along nicely! A smaller but fully functional library with internet access and computers, along with books, magazines, CDs and DVDs has been set up in what was the Large Glass Box meeting room in the Gaia Building.
The professional collection is also in the Gaia Building in a nearby room and open for use by all teachers and teaching artists from around the state.
The library has informally been renamed the Floating Glass Library. "Floating" refers to floating on air--the illusion given when in the Large Glass Box, as opposed to floating in water, as in the old location. Books, beanbags and the Starry Starry Night chaise lounge are all there for your reading + relaxation pleasure.

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