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Thursday, January 26, 2012

The New Miller Library--Not your Grandfather's library

I did a brief blog a couple of weeks ago about my first visit to the new Miller Branch Library in Ellicott City but I wanted to go back and take some pictures to show some of its unique features.  This branch brings new meaning to the three pillars of the Library System: Self-Directed Education, Research Assistance & Instruction, and Instructive & Enlightening Experiences.  Howard County has a new reason to be proud of our County.
The main entrance to the Library has a frog to greet you and some river stones to remind you of the rivers in the area.
Right inside the entrance you can see that this is a 21st Century library with the wall of touchscreen panels that attract library patrons in an interactive manner.
One of the unique ways the Library attracts young patrons is to have special areas for different age groups of young people. This area is for young readers.  The Tech Lab should be popular with teens with changing coloring of the lighting system that has to also be seen.
The Enchanted Garden will be dedicated this Spring.  This area will be a community based teaching garden which will focus on health, nutrition, and environmental education.
The Terrace Overlook allows customers to read and work outdoors while enjoying the green vegetated roof and views beyond. Designed to achieve LEED Silver Certification from the United States Green Building Council, the energy efficient new Library includes 72 solar panels and ample natural light.
One of the most unique aspects of the Library is in its title--Miller Library and Historical Center.  It houses the new home of the Howard County Historical Society.  I found it fascinating to look at the old pictures taken from around the County.  Definitely stop in to chat with the folks staffing the Historical Center on the second floor.

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