Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Past and Present Art at Gaithersburg Library

The Muktesvara Arch at the former Gaithersburg Library
Do you remember the beautiful white arch in front of the former Gaithersburg Library building? Designed by artist Mary Ann Unger, the Muktesvara Arch, also known as Gateway to the Mind, was installed in 1988 and remained in front of Gaithersburg Library until the library closed for renovations in May 2010.  The arch, constructed of painted aluminum and concrete, represented a pathway to knowledge and enlightenment for all visitors to the library, with its books and resources for all.

Where's the arch now? It's in the process of being relocated to the Germantown campus of Montgomery College and will be conserved and re-installed there in the near future. 

Leaf mobile above the children's area at renovated Gaithersburg Library

Another view of the leaf mobile at Gaithersburg Library
Have you seen the leaf mobile hanging above the information desk and children’s area of the newly renovated Gaithersburg Library?  The mobile, designed by architect Steve Gerrard of Ann Beha Architects and installed by Acorn Sign Graphics, consists of thin perforated aluminum leaf shapes that dangle and fall in a random pattern from stainless steel wire.  As you can see in the photos above, the autumnal hues add warmth and dimension to the open main hall of the library as light filters through the leaves.

The leaves of the mobile symbolize “leaves” of a paper bound book as well as paying homage to the representative logo of the City of Gaithersburg – the Forest Oak tree!

The official logo of the City of Gaithersburg - featuring an oak tree

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

What an Opening!

Opening day finally arrived, after lots of preparation and hard work.  What a thrill to see so many eager people thronging into our library on Saturday morning!

Despite the cold weather, MCPL fans of all ages flocked to the new Gaithersburg Library.  Many heard the dedicatory speeches of local officials, including County Executive Isiah Leggett, who described libraries as a "hub of community life."

We who work amidst the stacks applaud that sentiment.  And we loved hearing what people had to say: "What a beautiful library!" "It was worth the wait." "My family is so glad the library is back."  We're glad you're back too.

Read more about the special day and the building's features in the County's press release about the success of the opening.  Thanks to the Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, Inc., and its Gaithersburg Library Chapter for supporting our opening day's activities, including musical performances, face-painting, magic shows, crafts projects, and an appearance by Newberry-award-winning author Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.

celebration speaker list

crowd at opening of the Gaithersburg Library

ribbon cutting at Gaithersburg Library
Ribbon cutting

library entrance and kiosk
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Gaithersburg Library wide-angle view

two children inside the puppet theater at Gaithersburg Librar
Fun in the puppet theater.

well-stocked children's shelves and young browser
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