Welcome back

“Welcome back,” I overheard the librarian say this morning at the long-awaited grand opening of the new library. She wasn’t talking to us, but to a group of men I’m pretty sure are homeless. I agree with the city’s library director that the central library shouldn’t be a substitute for a proper shelter for the city’s homeless, but I sure am happy that it’s back in action and warmly welcoming all of Madison with open arms.

Oh, and it’s beautiful.

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I wanted to move the trash and recycling bins

I love the blue!

I love the blue!

It’s also super fun!

Giant storybook characters

Giant storybook characters

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It’s also very comfy!

She did not really appreciate the cool factor here

She did not really appreciate the cool factor

And obviously quite educational.

I checked: it does a nice job of dealing with the Favre debacle without scaring the kids.

I checked: it does a nice job of dealing with the Favre debacle without scaring the kids.

She made herself right at home.

She made herself right at home.

But it might be a little too clean right now. Bear walked right into a glass door.

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3 Responses to “Welcome back”


  1. 1 Jane Roe September 22, 2013 at 8:26 am

    How lovely. I am on the library board and the building committee for our district library and I have been amazed by all the changes and innovations in libraries today. I must make sure to visit this the next time I am in town. Thanks for sharing.

  2. 2 Terry September 22, 2013 at 9:48 am

    It looks amazing! And I’m glad the Favre segment was well done. For the sake of the children.

  3. 3 Mary Lloyd October 11, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Bravo for the new library. You are totally right about letting your kids fail. Very hard tho. Did a segment on NPR today about letting kids fai. It’s as you say a chance to let them grow and learn.


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