A few years back, I was part of a local library foundation whose goal was to fundraise the money necessary to allow our library to buy out another building to move into greatly expanding their available square footage.
Things fell through at the location they were targetting. Considering they no longer had a location to vye for (identifiable goal) and I had a baby taking up a lot of my time, I quit the foundation.
The other night, though, Katie found this interesting article about how a closed-down Walmart in McAllen, TX, had been repurposed as a public library.
How freakin' awesome is that? They did such a beautiful job with the place, too!
Last year, Safeway, the grocery conglomerate, closed down all Chicago-area Dominick's grocery stores. This happened right at Christmas time leaving thousands of employees and their families in a major lurch. It also left large shells of stores empty throughout the area.
Thankfully a lot of them were either immediately occupied by Mariano's Fresh Market or have slowly made the transition over the past year.
But not all of them.
The one down the street from where Katie and I live remains empty. And how perfect would it be as a library? It was a grocery store in the middle of a big shopping and residential area. It has plenty of parking. A landlord who I'm sure would work on a deal just to get the place occupied. And with the facilities inside, they could even open a cafe for readers.
THIS MUST HAPPEN NOW!
Time for me to talk to the Library Board.