Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Taking Flight

framing for collaboration spacesThe new layout of Davis is beginning to take shape.

The framing is done for our new collaboration spaces. These will be two rooms that will able to be reserved online for two hours per day. One will hold 6 people, one 4. We hope that study groups, residents who are looking for a space for a small meeting, local business people conducting meetings, and even people looking for a space to play bridge or Scrabble will take advantage of them. Many other branches have these spaces, and they are very popular.

framing for children's room wall
Framing has also gone up for the new wall between the children's room and the main library area. This will form the back of the U shaped picture book area. The top half of the wall will be glass, which will allow for light to spill from the children's room windows into the rest of the library while acting as a noise barrier. The effect should be open and airy, and we are really looking forward to seeing how it all looks after completion.

Some other framing is completed, and electrical work is underway. Materials from other branches are still making their way back to Davis, and new materials arrive each week. We are hard at working boxing things up so they can be ready to go on the shelves when we reopen next year.

Bronze sculpture of small boy on tree branch reading a book
Taking Flight by Marcia Billig
Now that the building itself is cleared, some features that you might not notice come to prominence. In our Democracy Boulevard entrance lobby is a lovely piece of sculpture that you might walk right by without seeing if you're in a hurry.

The piece is entitled "Taking Off", and it's a bronze sculpture of a small boy, sitting in a tree engrossed in a book entitled "Airplanes." The tree branch seems to spring right out of the wall, and the boy has a dreamy look on his face, as if he's flying away in his imagination.

close up of face of boy in sculptureThe piece was created by a local sculptor, Marcia Billig, and was installed at Davis as part of the Art in Public Architecture Program, now the Public Art Trust. Ms. Billig, a Bethesda resident, has pieces installed in many public locations around Montgomery County. The piece was dedicated in May 1989, and has certainly brought a smile to many library users. Be sure to look for it when you visit us again.



Anita Vassallo