"Awesome." "Fantastic." These are just some of the expressions used by State Library staff after recently being treated with a tour of the new downtown Des Moines Public Library by library director Kay Runge.
"I really appreciated having a tour with director Runge," said Gerry Rowland, State Library. "She talked about the process of selecting an architect and a design, especially the desire to create a building that was welcoming to all. I had a new appreciation for all the creative thinking and hard work that made the new library such a delight to experience."
Said Barb Corson, State Library, "Kay's enthusiasm for the new building is obvious. She is very proud of it and of her staff. I like the copper 'skin,' the way that you can see out during the day and see in during the evening. Although it looked like there were around 50 public terminals for adults, almost every one was full. The collection looks great. They did a lot of weeding and laminated the covers of every paperback. The children's area is very inviting and everything is at a child's level, including the numerous computers."
Everyone found something about the new library to admire. Noted Toni Blair, State Library, "I thought the idea of the drive up window was totally cool."