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Volume 5, Number 23 | July 18, 2013
Her majesty’s crown
The weekend was great for rainbow watchers. First, a double rainbow arced across the sky just east of Carbondale on Friday night, bringing oohs and ahhs from folks slurping gumbo and digging on Electric Lemon at Cajun Clay Night. The next night, this rainbow lit up the sky over Mt. Sopris about 12 miles south of town. Photo by Jane Bachrach
Shout it out: New library opens on July 20 By Lynn Burton Sopris Sun Staff Writer
403 MAIN STREET CARBONDALE (970) 963-4498
n one of the most eagerly awaited dates in recent history, the new Carbondale Branch Library opens at 10 a.m. on July 20. The new library covers 13,000 square feet compared to the old library’s 3,600 square feet. The $5.2 million library was funded by a property tax that was levied after residents voted to form the Garﬁeld County Public Library District in 2006. The district also retains a 1/4-cent sales tax for part of its operating budget, according to GCPLD Di-
rector Amelia Shelley. Other libraries have been built, expanded or are planned for the ﬁve other towns in the district. Carbondale’s reputation as an art town is reﬂected inside and outside the new library. Shannon Muse’s “Pillars of Light/Pillares de Luz” was selected through a competition and paid for by private funds. Muse, who lives across the street from the new library and has a studio in her backyard, designed seven tempered glass mosaic art pieces to wrap around the columns of the new library’s front entrance. Working with the community and seven donors, she incorporated quotes,
ideas, pictures and numbers into the columns that represent thoughts on community, literacy, libraries and free thought. “A map that explains the underlying signiﬁcance of each statement will be available at the library and there are elements that will appeal to both kids and adults,” Shelley said. Other artists and their pieces include: • John Hoffmann, who created several pieces for the new library including a fanciful security gate and coat rack, and bike racks in the form of dancing paper clips; • Mark Cezark created a piece that will adorn the staff desk;
• Travis Fulton created a light sculpture that will hang above the desk; • James Surls is loaning the library some of his sculptures on a rotating basis that will hang over the adult non-ﬁction area; • The Colorado Yule marble company donated two slabs of marble that Robert Stone of Grand Junction used to create cubeshaped coffee tables inside the building, and a picnic table at the northeast corner of the library property; • John Ackerman and his staff worked with spruce trees that were removed from the LIBRARY OPENS page 3
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