Tacony is part of the 21st century initiative. There are five libraries which are closing for two years and are being completely renovated to make them 21st century compatible. Each one will have a subject that most of their materials will be on. Tacony will be the hub for small businesses.
So there was a big party to celebrate the 110 years of existence and to say goodbye to the building as we have known it. It was exciting, but also sad.
I got to see a lot of my friends and former co-workers that I haven't been in touch with for years. And there was a slide show of the history of the last 110 years both in the world and the neighborhood. It was very interesting.
When we were finished with the show, it was after closing time and the library was empty. I took the opportunity to snap some shots of the place. I know I will never see it looking like that again.
It was last renovated in 1996 the year I was hired. I began in September and in December Tacony closed for 6 months. I was sent to another library to work and then brought back when it reopened. These murals in the Children's Department weren't yet finished. I would stand at the front desk and watch the artist paint them each day. As you can tell, the theme was "Alice in Wonderland."
|The White Rabbit|
|This is hard to see, but it's Alice and the Cheshire Cat.|
|The Children's Department. The computer tables in the center of the picture are the Queen of Hearts' teacups.|
|Part of the Non-Fiction Department. The glass cabinet holds very old and very rare books documenting the Tacony neighborhood and the founding papers for this particular library.|
|The beautiful skylight. It was covered over in a 1950s renovation and reopened in the 1996 renovation. It is no longer open to the sky because of leakage problems.|
|The Adult Non-Fiction Department. I spent a LOT of time in this room.|
|Tacony Library officially closed on March 31st. It will be interesting to see what it will look like in two years.|