Re: Another option for new
library structure not yet explored
by David Landis
March 10, 2004
I read Patrick Jirschele's recent letter several times in short
order, "testing" it to see if my initial interest was
warranted... and it was! I don't know what Mr. Jirschele's background
is -- but having more than a passing familiarity with architects,
engineers and commercial contractors, I can see that he is onto
something here. Technical challenges notwithstanding (and there
are certainly some difficulties and expenses), the vistas that
could be had up and down the creek would be amazing and peaceful
both at once. It also inspires a youthful glee to think of crossing
over the bridge and lingering awhile with a book and a cozy armchair.
It is a daring suggestion, Patrick, but one that will be criticized
as impractical and shoved off to the margins... However, I am
compelled by the mental picture that lingers, and wanted to lend
my support for a whimsical yet perfectly appropriate alternative.
My immediate family members
have got to be some of the heaviest users of the local library.
In aggregate, at any one time, we have 40-60 items (mostly books)
checked out. We were asked for some initial input into the conceptual
library design last year, and as I recall, one of our prime concerns
was the offensive odor of decaying salmon in the nearby creekbed.
Now, though, when I weigh that detractor against the inspired
design concept my new pardner' Patrick (I don't believe we've
met...) came up with, I find myself almost relishing the mentally
Ketchikan, AK - USA
p.s. I was privileged to have
known Jinks (or Jenks, variously) since my childhood in Ketchikan.
I miss him.
Another option for new library structure
not yet explored by Patrick Jirschele - Ketchikan, AK - USA
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