Dateline: April Fool’s Day, 2015
In a dramatic turn of events, the plan to renovate Langsdale Library has been scrapped in favor of a plan to demolish the current building and construct a replacement on the existing site. Peter Keating of the renowned architectural firm Francon & Hayes has been chosen to design the new structure. As Mr. Keating himself has said, you should “choose the builder of your library as carefully as you choose the books that inhabit it,”* and the University of Baltimore has certainly done that with this selection.
|“little free libraries” by david silver, on Flickr CC by-NC-SA 2.0
Some day, the site of Langsdale could look like this.
Library Director Holman explained that the university hopes to raise funds to provide more than just the 25 Little Free Libraries. A special incentive will be offered to anyone who donates $300 or more, so that we can order additional “Urban Readers”. The $300+ donors, as long as they are able to come to the site of the Langsdale Installation and assemble a little free library for us, will be given the opportunity to engrave their initials on the back. The library expects many members of the UB community to be very excited at the opportunity to participate in this project. “I believe we will have at least 27, maybe even 28 of these things by the time we are done,” exclaimed Director Holman.
** This is an actual quote, although it may have been said in a slightly different context.
WAIT, DON’T PANIC: This was entry was posted on on April Fool’s Day . You can read about the actual renovation plans here: https://theubpost.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/library-insider-3/