A Library for the 21st Century.
This isn’t the library of times past when book-stamping Marian Madam Librarian (Shirley Jones) rebuked Professor Harold Hill (Robert Preston) with a persistent “Shhhh!!” in Morton DaCosta’s 1962 film version of Music Man.
The 21st Century library is more like a community center with plenty of relevant programs to draw its patrons.
But First, a Little Madison, Alabama History.
Most of us have heard that Madison was something like a two-light town before its expansion prior to 1990. The city had 15,000 people, according to the city’s web site. By 2010, our town had grown at rocket speed to 43,000!
The Huntsville/Madison County website says the current library opened 20 years ago to serve 22,000 people. Because of Madison’s amazing growth, the new library will serve 50,000 people.
At 25,000 square feet, the new library is a whopping 10,000 square feet larger than the current one located nearby on Plaza Boulevard.
Mary Beth Broeren, Director of Planning and Economic Development for the City of Madison, says they’re “anticipating a soft opening” date during the week of January 22. The ribbon cutting date is Friday, January 26th.
It’s quite remarkable that they only broke ground in November 2017! It just goes to show the importance of education, literacy, and community to those of us who live in the Rocket City area.
What to Expect from the New Library.
Beauty meets function at the new library. Broeren says, “Overall we’ve got quite a bit more square footage. It’s more of an open-feeling space. The children’s area is expanding, the teen room has been upgraded, and there is a quiet reading room with a fireplace. It’s beautiful!”
The library will feature a bookstore-like layout with private study rooms, a small business center, an elevated screen for outdoor movies, and the building is equipped to host local food trucks. With lots more seating, there will be plenty of room for Madison’s ever-expanding population.
“Our architectural team and the library staff have done a phenomenal job. It’s really just a beautiful building. It’s very inviting, and I think it’s something the community is really going to embrace,” says Broeren.
For a detailed list of the new library’s amenities, see the New Madison Public Library Fact Sheet.
By: Stephanie L. Robertson
Stephanie L. Robertson is a writer and editor who maintains a southern lifestyle blog at www.SweetgumLife.com [https://www.sweetgumlife.com/]. A busy Christian wife and mom, Stephanie and her husband of 19 years live in the Huntsville area with their teenage daughter. Stephanie has a self-published short suspense story on Amazon and is working on adding a novel. When not immersed in mom/wife life, she enjoys home décor, photography, Pinterest projects, coffee with family and friends, and immersing herself in a good suspense novel.