I attended the grand opening of our new main branch this past weekend. Oh man, it was amazing!
Rangeview Library District is one of the first districts in the country to move to the Word Think model and away from the Dewey Decimal System. At first I didn't know if I'd like it but it's really not any different than how Borders or Barnes & Noble are set up.
I walked in and was very impressed by the design. It's a LEED building and they used local craftsman to build all the shelves. There are two large fireplaces - one inside and one outside. Picnic tables and grass area are outside too. There's an internet cafe with about 20 computers in it. The kids section is 4,000 sq. feet and incredible. They've done away with the reference desk and the old lady peering down at you from behind it. Now they have these kiosks and the t-shirt wearing "concierges" help you out. Their t-shirts say, "Shhh is a four letter word," meaning it's okay to talk. Oh, and they've done away with late fees.
I chatted with a couple of the staff members who were very helpful. By that time I had already loaded up my gift bag (you even get schwag at the grand opening!) with about 8 books. The staff told me that if there was any book I wanted to read and they didn't have it or the other branches didn't have it, they would order just for me. Any book. Amazing.
So I spent Saturday night curled up in bed racing through one book. At 1 am I finished it, feeling very satisfied.
I love my library.