A new, state-of-the art library has been built for Templeton College. This high tech facility is the culmination of two years of planning and over $150 million in donations from alumni. The library features a digital media lab that will allow students to explore content on topics such as climate change and genetics using interactive simulations controlled by blockchain technology.
Templeton’s New Library has made headlines for its groundbreaking news. The library is set to open on October 24th, 2018.
The new library is expected to open in the spring of 2022.
Christianna Marks is the author of this article.
TEMPLETON, N.Y. — On Nov. 9, a gathering of local residents gathered in the Templeton High School parking lot for a “bring your own shovel” groundbreaking. The reason is that Templeton is getting a library!
Josh Gibson, his boys, and TCLA President Melinda Reed break ground for the Templeton Library. Christianna Marks took the photos.
Josh Gibson, a former Boy Scout who came up with the concept for the Templeton library as part of his Eagle Scout project, was the first to dig.
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Melinda Reed, President of the Templeton Community Library Association, and Gibson’s sons Grant and Colton stood by him, shovels in hand.
“I began batting around the notion when I was around 13, so that was about 23 years ago,” Gibson said of his Boy Scout days. I began contacting the community, doing research, and attempting to figure out how to get this [library] up and running. Obviously, [I had] never done that before, so it’s like ‘what do you do?’ “How do you get a library off the ground?”
Josh’s ambition of a library in Templeton was realized in 2000 when the Templeton Community Library Association was founded.
“To be here now is awe-inspiring. It’s inspiring to observe the community’s perseverance. A big thank you to Melinda Reed, who has been very dedicated to keeping this thing running the whole time. “I’m thankful for her,” Gibson said.
The library, which is a rarity in the area, will be privately financed rather than being supported by the county or the state. Fundraising is still ongoing, but the TCLA is where it is now thanks to a major grant and bequest left in Margaret Anderson Radunich’s will.
Margaret has a special place in Reed’s heart. “She started donating to us [TCLA] in early 2005. At the time, she was based in Monterey. She was a widow who had no children of her own. So she bequeathed about a million dollars to us in her will. But, over the course of all the time it [the will] has collected, she has given us much more. We’re delighted that she recognized the idea and wanted us to be able to execute it [construct the library].”
Templeton Library’s foundation is being laid. Christianna Marks took the photos.
The library will be a nine-piece Modular Building that is state-of-the-art. Three will be used for administration and restrooms, while the other six will house the library. The structure is expected to be on site in the second week of December. In the early spring of 2022, it is hoped to be open and fully operating, with a complete team of trained volunteers.
“With all the book stacks and bookshelves surrounding the parameter, we’re going to have an open library.” We also offer room for book clubs and private groups that wish to meet in the library. “Along with computers, WiFi, technology, and everything else,” Melinda Reed remarked. “It’s a reality that’s come to fruition to witness the hole excavated in the earth.” We’re overjoyed.”
Soon, I’ll see you in the stacks!
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