Crowd Gathers for Converse County Library Ribbon Cutting

Nearly 200 people turned out to celebrate the opening of the new Converse County Library building in Douglas.

The gaming wall in the teen area.

The gaming wall in the teen area.

“We want this building to be a community center  for the public,” Director Kirk Hissam said. “We believe we’ve been able to incorporate something for everyone — something that will appeal to each and every member of the community.”

Although the event might have drawn a crowd, Hissam said people didn’t feel over-crowded in the two-story, 30,000-foot library. The building boasts multiple meeting and conference spaces, a gaming wall and green screen in the young adult room, a makerspace, a local history and genealogy room, and multiple service points throughout the building for patron contact.

“We want people to rekindle a sense of wonder when they walk in the library,” Hissam said. “We really feel like we’ve created something special here.”

The photos below, courtesy of Humphries Poli Architects, P.C., captured a few wonderful moments from the day.

The ribbon cutter at the top left is Donna Rusk, Douglas Library Manager. Rusk has worked 19 years for the library system, making her the longest-serving staff member.

 

 

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