A Library Story: Building a New Central Library

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Millbrook Press, Aug 1, 2006 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 64 pages
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What do a children’s librarian, a city council member, a construction worker, and a world-famous architect have in common? They all worked together to create an amazing place: a public library! Come tour the New Central Library in Minneapolis, Minnesota—designed by the renowned architect Cesar Pelli. You’ll be part of the action from the initial computer renderings, through the approval process, the construction feats, and the opening preparations. Interviews with key players—and a foreword from the architect—make this story even more informative. While watching this twenty-first-century marvel take shape, you’ll also discover many fascinating facts about public libraries, including how historical figures such as Benjamin Franklin, Melvil Dewey, and Andrew Carnegie influenced their development. It’s a story you just have to check out!
 

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Contents

A Letter from the Architect Cesar Pelli
6
A Letter from the Library Director Kit Hadley
7
BOOM CRASH
8
Behind the Scenes City Council Member
16
FROM THE GROUND UP
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Behind the Scenes Architect
23
GLASS ALL AROUND
30
A GREAT STEEL WING
35
FINISHING TOUCHES
44
COME ONE COME ALL
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Behind the Scenes Librarian
53
GLOSSARY
56
LIBRARY RESOURCES
58
SOURCE NOTES
59
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHYFURTHER READING AND WEBSITES
60
INDEX
63

Behind the Scenes Steelworker
38
EYES ON THE STARS
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