I got a really great treat today – a tour of the new library building-in-progress.Â Mary, the libraryâ€™s director, and Roy, one of the libraryâ€™s trustees, took Lisa and me on a complete, bottom to top tour of the new library.Â Over the next two weeks, Mary will taking all of the staff members on tours so that we can all begin to visualize the fantastic place weâ€™ll be working in very soon.
The new building is so absolutely fantastic that I know I canâ€™t begin to describe it accurately – but Iâ€™ll try!Â For those of you who donâ€™t know Harvard, the high school used to be housed in what is called â€œOld Bromfield,â€ a gorgeous old brick building with a slate roof and a cupola with trademark dragons.Â Old Bromfield has been replaced by the new Bromfield high school building, and the older building has been vacant for a while.Â To make the new library, the architects designed renovations to the Old Bromfield building, and they also designed a complementary addition that retains the spirit, lines, and integrity of the older building.Â After my tour today, I think that this new library building will be the most beautiful, classy, and welcoming library building that I have ever seen.
The interior walls are not yet finished, but enough finish work has been done that I could really see what the new location will be like.Â Every detail has been thought through, and there are ample spots for quiet reading and appreciation of the incredible view of Bare Hill Pond through giant floor-to-ceiling windows.Â The childrenâ€™s room will have its own large storytime room, which can accomodate smaller programs and movie showings in addition to book groups and storytimes and board game club meetings.Â There are also two garden level doors off of the childrenâ€™s room so that parents can escort their children out for a breath of fresh air in between study sessions or book choosing sessions.Â And the younger children will have their very own corner, with a window seat and play table and the picture book and board book collections.Â What a change from what we currently have!
The rest of the library is similarly well-designed: the large program room upstairs has a fantastic cathedral ceiling that has to be seen to be fully appreciated; the adult reading room is beyond stunning; and the young adults will have their own space that will hold comfortable spots to read and appreciate the ever-expanding young adult collection.Â The circulation desk is open and welcoming, and the behind-the-scenes staff areas are an oasis of calm blue walls.
IÂ am so excited about our move to the new building, and I only have one regret: some small part of me wishes that I could be a regular library patron and curl up in one of those inviting corners in a cozy chair with a great book, enjoying the view and perhaps the warmth of the gas fireplace.Â But Iâ€™m more than content with the terrific childrenâ€™s room and my own (!) office with the pond view.Â Wow.Â Harvard residents, youâ€™ll be blown away when the new building opens!!