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Alpine Public Library is a Finalist for Best Small Library in America Award

Posted in Awards by Kristie
February 6, 2013

Austin Public Library Rendering

Both the Library Journal and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have recognized the Alpine Public Library as a finalist for the Best Small Library in America Award for 2013. This tremendous honor is shared with one other library, both of whom will receive a $10,000 cash award, travel funds for two to the 2014 Public Library Association annual conference, and a write-up in the February 2013 issue of Library Journal.

Lead architect Tom Hatch transformed this new building a few blocks to the west into what is now known as the Alpine Public Library, and is identified as “the living room of Alpine.” The goal was to design a library that was indigenous yet distinguishable from the architecture of Marfa, its neighbor to the west. With a sustainable design, this building also includes outdoor activity areas.

Due to constant funding obstacles, building the Alpine Public Library was quite the undertaking and became a long term project. This project is a true reflection of amazing team work and perseverance. We have a tremendous amount of gratitude towards Friends of the Library for their ongoing donations; many aspects of this project would not have happened if it weren’t for you! Thank you to the library board for their diligent efforts to keep a challenging project on track, as well as Brewster County and Judge Val Beard.

You all made this happen!

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