July 5 Construction Update

Progress continues on the downtown library and the timeline until opening is getting shorter. This month we see furniture arrive, shelves going up, and in a couple of weeks we will have books! Six semi-trucks will bring the new opening day collection of materials (books, movies, music) to the new library mid-July. These books and other items have been ordered by our wonderfully talented staff and the great folks at Baker and Taylor have been keeping everything for us until we have our new home.

Be sure to check out our plans for Grand Opening on August 24. We will have a series of activities during the weekend and there is something for everyone.

We have shelves!!!

We have shelves!!!

The entry to the new children's library has an artistic feature we call the Literacy Wall.

The entry to the new children’s library has an artistic feature we call the Literacy Wall.

The customer service commons is a sight to behold.

The customer service commons is a sight to behold.

The children's library awaits shelves, furniture and, of course, books!

The children’s library awaits shelves, furniture and, of course, books!

The skywalk is getting some finishing touches.

The skywalk is getting some finishing touches.

The seats have been installed in the auditorium.

The seats have been installed in the auditorium.

You can see someone is hard at work on the reading terrace, one of the many outdoor spaces in our new library.

You can see someone is hard at work on the reading terrace, one of the many outdoor spaces in our new library.

The south parking lot has been poured and is nearly complete.

The south parking lot has been poured and is nearly complete.

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June 17 Construction Update

The weather is getting warmer and along with the sunshine comes dreams of the new library and grand opening day–August 24! The staff are getting ready for the big move to the new building. Right now, our IT Department is taking computers into the new library and getting them ready for use. They have over 100 public computers to prepare, along with the dozens of staff computers behind the scenes. It’s not a quick or easy job but we have a great team and they are working hard every day so we can jump right into work and be ready for opening.

Along with computers, we are seeing the arrival of furniture throughout the second floor. We have desks and computer tables set up and wired for power. Soon we will see trucks coming with our shelving–enough to hold the approximately 225,000 volumes that will fill the library!

Remember to mark your calendar for Grand Opening on Saturday, August 24 at 10:00 am. We’ll start with a party in Greene Square, then move on to a community-wide ribbon cutting. We’ll bring the scissors!

Ladd Library Opens Saturday, February 23

West Side Library Renovation Rendering 3.13.12The new Ladd Library  at 3750 Williams Blvd. SW will open on Saturday, February 23, at 10:00 am. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held inside the new library at 10:00 am. The public is invited and encouraged to attend and celebrate this special day.

The Ladd Library is named for Marilyn Ladd, a life-long Cedar Rapids resident who left her estate to the Cedar Rapids Public Library, the largest gift ever received from a single individual. This gift, along with support from the community through the West Side Story campaign, made it possible for us to open a permanent, state-of-the-art library on the city’s west side.

Ladd Library will have twenty public computers, two study rooms, one community room, a children’s library, comfortable seating, natural light, and a broad collection of materials.

After the ribbon cutting, the first story time will be held at 10:30 am, followed by a visit from  Clifford, who will give each child a free book. The Corridor Therapy Dogs will visit at 11:30 am for a meet-and-greet, and another story time will happen at 1:30 pm, again followed by Clifford and his free books.

Refreshments will be served and the public is invited to check out the new library space for themselves.

First Pallet of Books

Along with the destruction of the main library building, the loss of two-thirds of the collection in the flood of 2008 was tremendously devastating to the staff of the Cedar Rapids Public Library. While the building construction project continues to progress, the collection development team at the CRPL have been working for months to develop the opening day collection. This collection of books, cds, dvds, magazines, and misc materials will be between 200,000 and 225,000 items. The process to build this collection involves a variety of staff at the library and a team of professionals at Baker and Taylor, the book distributor involved in this project.

A milestone was reached this week with the loading of the first pallet of books for the new Cedar Rapids Public Library. The books won’t arrive for months, coming in on trucks to be placed onto the shelves in the new building. But with more than 200 more pallets left to fill, the teams are underway prepping the books for our library with the appropriate RFID tags, stickers and covers. Each pallet will be stored for us at their location in Momence, Illinois, until the new library is ready to welcome them.

Members of the Baker & Taylor Staff in front of the first pallet of books for the new Cedar Rapids Public Library

Members of the Baker & Taylor Staff in front of the first pallet of books for the new Cedar Rapids Public Library

 

Members of the Baker & Taylor Staff in front of the first pallet of books for the new Cedar Rapids Public Library

 

 

New Images of Library 3.0

The new Downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library

There are so many exciting aspects to Library 3.0, more than we can show in a few sketches. These artistic renderings show how full of light the new library will be and how the space is meant to be flexible and easy to navigate.
A 200-seat auditorium with a view of Greene Square Park will be a signature part of our new library. This is a space that the community will use for a wide variety of functions, from author readings to dance recitals.
A children’s library nearly double the size of the previous one will make this a space for the newest generation of Cedar Rapidians to engage in learning, reading, and playing. A partnership with a variety of children’s service organizations (CELI) will make this an innovative space for early childhood education.
A fireplace on the second floor near the non-fiction stacks will make reading your favorite book or magazine cozy in the winter months, and a green roof/garden and patio make this the place-to-be downtown in the warmer months.
The 95,000 square foot library is expected to be completed summer 2013.

Ariel shot of the Library - Green Roof

Auditorium Interior

The 200-seat auditorium faces onto Greene Square Park.

Childrens Collection

The new children's library is nearly doubly the size of the 1985 library.

Lobby

When you enter the new library, you enter into a welcoming service hub. This includes a space for quick-internet access, a cafe, entry to the teen area, stairs to go to the 2nd floor, elevator, self-checks and staff service stations. You will be able to enter the library from the north or south and find your way just by looking around.

QuickFlicks Now Check-Out for Seven Days

The Cedar Rapids Public Library QuickFlicks self-service robotic media station for DVDs, CDs, and video games now checks items out for seven days. After listening to the needs of our customers, it was decided to extend the length of check-out time to seven days.

QuickFlicks allows patrons to check out DVDs, CDs and video games faster, increases the speed at which these items are available, and provides another level of security for costly media materials. The service also reduces the amount of staff time required to handle DVDs and CDs, which can be quite time consuming.

Patrons will now be able to reserve up to 3 QuickFlicks items using either one of the Library’s dedicated computers or from the Library web site (http://quickflicks.crlibrary.org). They will have 3 hours from the time of the reservation to pick up the items. Once a reservation has been made, the patron simply scans their library card (or enters their library card number) into the QuickFlicks machine and their items will dispense. The items will be due in 7 days. To return the item, the patron simply scans their library car or uses the screen prompt to return materials now, and places the product in the return slot.

BlackBerry Mobile App Released for eBooks

OverDrive, the service the Cedar Rapids Public Library uses for ebooks, has just announced the release of a BlackBerry App that will allow direct library ebook ebooksdownloads. This free application is available on the OverDrive website.

Recently, OverDrive released an application for iPads. This easy to use media console allows people to download ebooks directly to their iPad. OverDrive is also compatible with Android and iPhone, as well as Windows Mobile 5 or 6.

Ebooks are increasingly popular among all age groups. The Cedar Rapids Public Library regularly updates the collection of offerings so that customers have access to what they want as quickly as possible. Not all publishing companies allow libraries to lend ebooks, so not all book titles are available. If there is a title you would like to see added to the collection, please contact the Library.