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BOOKS AND BIKES

15 Mar

CALS-Childrens-Library-and-Learning-Center-1-630x472.jpg (630×472)Tonight was the dedication for the new Central Arkansas Library’s Children’s Library on 12th street. The Doors open at 10:00 am tomorrow morning. You, like me, may have been watching the new library slowly being built as you were whizzing by on I-630. But if you have heard anything about the Library and its goals, you know how exciting it is.

I won’t try to explain all the great things this Library will accomplish for Little Rock, for 12th st and for Children across the city, but you can click on the link below to read KUAR’s story about it. This will be a game changer for Little Rock south of I-630 as well as our entire city.

Central Arkansas Children’s Library Opens Saturday

Here are some of the photos from tonight’s open house.

Main Entry

Main Entry

there was a big turnout, even early on.

there was a big turnout, even early on.

The Main Reading Room

The Main Reading Room

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These study rooms were cool. They overhung the edge of the upper floor.

These study rooms were cool. They overhung the edge of the upper floor.

The Staris down to the lower section

The Staris down to the lower section

looking back up at the study rooms.

looking back up at the study rooms.

Part of the Kid's Kitchen

Part of the Kid’s Kitchen

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One of the main focus's for the library is teaching kids where food comes from and how to grow it (in the gardens and greenhouse outside) and how to prepare food (In the kid's kitchen shown here).

One of the main focus’s for the library is teaching kids where food comes from and how to grow it (in the gardens and greenhouse outside) and how to prepare food (In the kid’s kitchen shown here).

Cool Lobby floor that moved and changed color as you walked across it.

Cool Lobby floor that moved and changed color as you walked across it.

The Auditorium Space

The Auditorium Space

Sitting outside by the pond.

Sitting outside by the pond.

A full house for the dedication

A full house for the dedication

City. County and State Leaders with CALS staff.

City. County and State Leaders with CALS staff.

There was a big turnout for the dedication and a impressive line of speakers, including Mayor Stodola and City Manager Bruce Moore, Judge Villines and even Governor Beebe and Ginger. There were lots of thanks and credit given to everyone who worked on the project and lots of words about the effect this library was to have on the children of the city. The only downside was, by the time it was all over, it was dark outside. But with Smores, fire pits and sparklers, it was still a fun party, even if my pictures didn’t come out that great.

Looking back from the north end of the wetlands

Looking back from the north end of the wetlands

So where do bikes fit into all of this?

I decided to get the full, Revitalized 12th St experience and take the recently installed 12th st bike lanes all the way from Downtown to the new Library. This was actually the second time I had ridden the new bike lanes, the first being a few weeks back when I rode from my office to my church one Monday night for bell choir. I had meant to do a blog entry about that night’s ride, but I just never did. So the picture that follow are actually from that night.

12th and Battery streets, where the bike lanes begin,

12th and Battery streets, where the bike lanes begin,

looking back East toward's Children's Hospital at the start of the Bike Lane,

looking back East toward’s Children’s Hospital at the start of the Bike Lanes.

Biking into the sunset

Biking into the sunset.

New homes being built a few blocks away from Central High

New homes being built a few blocks away from Central High.

There were some problems with the lanes. utility cover plates that created potholes in the lanes that required attention,

There were some problems with the lanes. utility cover plates that created potholes in the lanes that required attention,

 

Another minor problem with buses stopping in the bike lanes.

Another minor problem with buses stopping in the bike lanes.

At the Railroad bridge,the bike lane narrowed significantly.

At the Railroad bridge,the bike lane narrowed significantly.

Looking over the edge at the Railroad, and hopefully one day, the future Rose Creek Trail!

Looking over the edge at the Railroad, and hopefully one day, the future Rose Creek Trail!

The New Business Empowerment Center

The New Business Empowerment Center

...And the Willie L. Hinton Community Center (Where I took my first time Homeowner's class)

…And the Willie L. Hinton Community Center (Where I took my first time Homeowner’s class)

...And the Future site of the new 12th st Police Substation

…And the Future site of the new 12th st Police Substation

Hopefully we will see more big things to come on 12th street!

The 12th Street Master Plan

The 12th Street Master Plan
(Sorry it’s low res!)

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2 Comments

Posted by on March 15, 2013 in Architecture, Little Rock

 

2 responses to “BOOKS AND BIKES

  1. Kristin

    March 17, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Thanks for the pictures! I can’t wait to go. After writing about the library for so many years for the newspaper, I was tempted to go Saturday. But I wanted to go on a day when the bigwigs wouldn’t be around and I could enjoy taking pictures of the grounds. I can’t wait to get a photo of my daughter holding a book and sitting in front of the READ letters. (I went to ImaginOn in Charlotte, the library they toured and slightly used as a model. It had large typewriter letters out front. Glad they used that idea.)

     
  2. juleskills

    March 20, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    I can’t wait to try out these 12th street lanes. Thank you for posting this. I haven’t heard about them otherwise.

     

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