Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Books and More
After thirteen months and a $7.3 million facelift, the Portland Public Library reopened for business on April 15. A new glass facade has been added at the front that makes it a sunny, welcoming space to sit with your laptop or the morning paper. No laptop? No problem. There are 35 computer stations available. There is also a brand new kids' section on the first floor not the basement like the old and a special section set aside just for teens, with an opening opposite "Freshman Alley" at Portland High School. The stacks are lower, thus letting more natural lighting to come through from end to end. Now, let me be a bit picky. Is it just me? Is something missing? Take a look at this picture taken from Monument Square. Is there a plan to add the name to this frontal area? There's plenty of room. For those visiting this fair city and/or unfamiliar with the building, I do hope there is a plan to add a bit of signage.