A Solar Powered Library in Taipei

Taiwan has begun construction on a solar-powered library in the
Taiwanese capital of Taipei and could benefit from new incentives designed to offer solar energy providers above-market prices for the energy they generate. Rooftop solar panels will provide electricity to the two-story building. Library users will also be able to enter the building and return and borrow books on a 24-hour basis using Easy Cards, a smartcard system used primarily to pay fares on Taipei's public transport system.

Construction started last week and is expected to be finished by June 2010. The library is a donation by Cheng Fu-tien, the late chairman of Taiwanese solar cell maker Motech Industries. Story from Business Green.

Harris Stowe Library Flooded

A water main break sent water rushing into the library at Harris Stowe State University in St. Louis, MO this afternoon.

Photos and Video from KSDK News.

According to a Harris Stowe representative, the break is near the intersection of Compton and Laclede. The campus was closed as a security precaution.

The entrance near the break was under approximately two feet of water at 5 p.m. Nearby streets were closed until the water recedes.

Additional coverage from KTVI.

Scientists Comb Peoria Library Site for Remains

Sure libraries are built on the foundations of human knowledge...but hopefully they're not built on top of human remains.

PEORIA, Ill - Archaeologists excavating the site of a planned new library say they found 10 burial sites from an old cemetery while searching for human remains that would have to be moved before construction can begin.

Midwest Archaeological Research Services started work at the site Tuesday. The planned new Peoria Public Library will be built on what was a city cemetery until the mid 1800s.

Hundreds of people were buried there, apparently more than the 321 bodies that local records indicate were moved from the cemetery when it closed.

Salt Lake City Library Neighbors...Architects Wants Culture, Not Police Nearby

If you had the choice, what type of facility would you like adjoining your library?

Award-winning architect Moshe Safdie, who designed Salt Lake City's showcase Main Library, has "great concern" with Mayor Ralph Becker's proposal for a cop shop on the downtown cultural block, calling the resulting arrangement a "fundamental transformation for the worse."

Safdie -- along with fellow library architects Steve Crane and Mark Johnson -- suggested that a "museum or performing-arts building" might work on Library Square, but warned that "a police station and emergency operations center is hardly a complementary use to the public life of the park."

The Library Board voted Tuesday to oppose placing a police headquarters a book's throw from the capital's cultural icon. The board argues the cop complex -- to be funded by a $125 million bond if voters approve it in November -- is "incompatible" and poses a philosophical threat to the freedom-of-speech nature of Library Square.

Sculptor's UConn Show Ruffles Feathers

An interesting article concerning the controversy surrounding student protests of a recent exhibit at the University of Connecticut's Homer Babbage Library.
Some of the 15 pieces in the show he has spent years preparing have been moved, rejected or altered. And last week, the Student Board of Governors took the unusual step of declaring that the show should be moved out of the library, where it was scheduled to be on display through May 15.

Students cited two pieces that especially rankled them — a dead brown sparrow on a noose with the phrase "The bird got what it deserved" etched in glass.

Orwell Library Set for Restoration

The library where George Orwell researched his book The Road To Wigan Pier is to be restored.

The Grade II-listed building, now the History Shop in Wigan Town Centre, will receive a £1.6m transformation over the next year to create a heritage hub. BBC News.

Crisis in Punxsutawney

Workers at the Punxsutawney (PA) Library are dealing with what they are calling an escape artist.

Punxsutawney Phil has escaped his den at the library three times over the past two weeks. Officials said the groundhog was returned to his den each time and has not been injured.

According to workers at the library, the groundhog is climbing into the library's ceiling. From there, Phil travels about 50 feet before dropping into the library's offices from the ceiling. Maybe he's looking for a wee bit more excitement than what the library is currently offering.

The most recent escape was last Sunday.

Do City Libraries Get A Raw Rent Deal?

Rumor has it that the Lubbock Public Library was close to a deal to rent an old Albertson's location to hold one of its branches (closed due to water leaking/mold in the walls). When the real estate people figured out that the city wanted the spot, they said the rent would be 3x what was originally discussed.

If this rumor is true, what gives? That old Albertson's spot is not the only "big box" sort of spot in Lubbock needing occupants. Stupid real estate people.

Indianapolis Central Library Wants Their Due

LEBANON, Ind. — Attorneys for the last remaining firm targeted by the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library in the botched Central Library project asked a Boone County jury for healthy skepticism today, the opening day of an expected six-week trial.

Thornton Tomasetti, a New York-based engineering firm, and one of its managing principals are accused by the library of fraud by concealing flaws in its designs of a parking garage and lying to library officials about the soundness of the structure. The library is requesting $24 million in damages against the engineering firm.

The case is rooted in the expansion and renovation of the Central Library in Downtown Indianapolis. The then-$103 million project ballooned by nearly $50 million after cracks and gaps were discovered in the concrete of a new parking garage five years ago, causing library officials to halt construction for more than a year.

Flooding Closes Ontario Library

A flood at the Richmond Hill (ON) Central Library, over the weekend, has the library closed today and for the foreseeable future.

"Books and water don't mix," wryly noted Italo Brutto, Town of Richmond Hill Commissioner of Engineering and Public Works to councillors Monday evening. Mr. Brutto said the flood began late Saturday evening or early Sunday morning, originating on the library's third floor.

The exact cause is still being investigated, but it has been determined that the leak originated in the building's heating system, which uses hot water to keep the building warm.

Carpets and tiles have been sent for cleaning, and between 28,000 and 30,000 books suffering water damage and have been put aside to be freeze dried.

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