LYNNETTE MILLS, Kaysville librarian, Paul Lindsay of Ascent Construction, and Chris Sanford, county library director, (from left) are silhouetted by tall windows of the new library, one of its signature design features.
Photo by Louise R. Shaw/Davis Clipper
KAYSVILLE – It’s not only about books.
The new library in Kaysville, a branch of the Davis County Library system, is about light and views, patrons, patterns, playfulness and history.
Just six weeks away from the official opening, library officials met Monday to guide a tour of the facility, explain the special touches and point out the significance of the design and decor.
The historical touches begin even before you walk inside.
A dry creek bed runs north of the building to remind patrons of the creek that used to run through the property. The slope of the roof replicates the angles on roofs of the Weinel and Christopher Layton flour mills once prominent east and west of the library lot.
Inside, the large conference room that can double as a recital hall, thanks to a Yamaha piano that is soon to arrive, is named for Roy W. and Elizabeth E. “Tibby” Simmons, whose foundation donated money that allowed for upgrades such as a special acoustic ceiling.
In the great space that will soon fill with shelves and books, a tribute to Alan Blood will recognize the fund he established to purchase books for the Kaysville library and explain the stickers on books that were purchased through his Blood Endowment Fund.
“This was an important facet,” said Chris Sanford, director of county libraries. “That generosity has allowed us to enhance and expand materials in Kaysville.”
The wood of the circulation and reference desks and the tile on the fireplace reflect the materials used in the LeConte Stewart gallery at the current library. Prints of his work will hang on the walls nearby. Originals, which are owned by the city, are expected to remain in the existing gallery.
In addition to the many nods to history, the library was built to bring in light, showcase views and draw children from the park across the street.
Colored glass sections cut in rectangular patterns are placed at intervals between clear glass panels that draw the eye toward the mountains, the park, the trees and along 100 East.
A tree-lined walkway was placed to draw children from the playground to the library, and a special nook with children’s books is decorated with wall art designed to expand their imaginations.
Conference rooms can be rented for meetings and a corner room filled with light and views is for quiet study.
There are no pillars to divide the large, high-ceilinged space for books, something Lynnette Mills, Kaysville librarian, said will help librarians see patrons’ needs and offer help. Alcoves around the room provide quiet places to study or read.
A raised floor allows for the heating and cooling system, according to Jerry Meyer, assistant county librarian, and for “power and data lines, offering great flexibility” for whatever needs the future brings.
The new library has space for 12 computers, twice the number at the current library. It will open with 75,000 books (the current library has 67,500) and a capacity of 100,000.
It was built and furnished at a total cost of around $5 million, said Sanford. Ascent Construction oversaw construction.
On Thursday, Aug. 6 at 5 p.m., a special event will be held to celebrate the old library prior to its closing. Over the following week, books will be transferred and shelved with newly purchased books now stored in the basement of the Clearfield branch.
A ribbon cutting ceremony is being planned for the morning of Saturday, Aug. 15 at 9:30 a.m., followed by a celebration at the park in anticipation of the library opening.
The event will include miniature train rides around the park, face painting, jugglers, storytellers and music, and will run until 12:30 p.m.
The library opens at 10 a.m. for tours and by 1 p.m., it will be “business as usual,” said Sanford.