Monday, November 15, 2010

White Tank Library and Nature Center Now Open

Maricopa County opened a brand-new library this weekend. What makes it different from many others in the country is that the building is meant to be a part of its Sonoran Desert surroundings, it's as ecologically friendly as possible, and it's part of a nature center that will happily tell patrons about the wildlife that surrounds the library.

Books and critters. That is definitely my kind of library, and somehow I feel a visit coming in the future. However, there's no way I can tell you all about the place, so I thought I'd let the folks who work for Maricopa County tell you about it for me. Enjoy the video!


  1. Wow! I wish more architects/builders/whatever would do more stuff like this. I remember a few years ago there was a lot of interest in adding solar power panels to my university's big buildings, but it never happened and I have no idea why. There's so much sun here! Nearly all day, even! Bah.

    I did see a wind...thingy near the duck pond, but I don't know if it works or is just an art installation. Should check that out, I guess.

  2. Wow! I'm speechless. How beautiful and unique!

  3. Wow! How fortunate the people who patronize this library and nature center are. This is a wonderful example of how to build while you respect God's creating.

  4. Our new library will be built across the road from our high school. Sort of a combination library and zoo, I think. :D

  5. Anastasia--It probably had something to do with what it always has something to do with: MONEY. Solar panels are expensive to install, but there are big tax incentives now and they pay for themselves in years to come. Wind turbines are being installed in northern Arizona. Got some big winds that blow through there a lot!

    Sharon-- I've fallen in love with it, I have to admit.

    Joe-- I think so, too!

    Barbara-- Following your line of thinking, my house is the library with a zoo on either side. (A description not far off the mark!)

  6. My list of things to do when I visit your area is growing. This is now right after The Poisoned Pen. I love all the eco-friendly building ideas here. Must have been lots of collaboration.

  7. Margot-- All those ideas have certainly blended together well, haven't they?


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