Brunswick Crossing students are off to school this week with new backpacks and books! Did you know that all students in Brunswick have access to the fabulous new Brunswick library for everything from questions, homework help, research aids and even quite study space? Read on!
When the doors opened at the new Brunswick Public Library on April 16, a crowd poured inside to experience the latest chapter of Frederick County Public Libraries. Hundreds were on-hand to welcome the new library on the same spot where its predecessor stood. Click here to view photos from the Grand Opening! The library was designed by Morris & Ritchie Architects. The building’s attractive interior benefits from an abundance of natural lighting, thanks to its generous windows and skylights. The natural lighting is just one of the many features that contribute to the environmentally friendly designation the project has received.
Frederick County’s Brunswick Public Library is the first county-owned facility to be registered in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, rating system. Darrell Baston, Director of Frederick County Public Libraries, voiced enthusiasm about the project . “Before the building was designed, we held several meetings with the Brunswick community to get their impressions about the future. The residents made it clear that they wanted a building that was built in an environmentally sensitive way. We were pleased to be able to make the LEED certification a reality.”
The building has been certified with a LEED Silver rating. The LEED credit for diverting construction wast from landfills requires builders to keep 50-75 percent of their wast out of landfills. The contractors were able to divert 97 percent of their waste. The facility also exceeds the water use reduction standard for the LEED checklist, which requires a 20-30 percent reduction. The Brunswick Library uses 43 percent less water than a conventional facility.
New Space and New Resources
The new 15,000-square-foot building at 915 N. Maple Avenue replaces the branch’s former 2,500-square-foot home. An expanded collection of books and media, more public access computers, two quiet study rooms, and a public meeting room are among the library’s many features. The facility also features a children’s room, teen zone, adult reading room, and wireless internet access throughout the facility.
Just for Students
Need help with homework? The Brunswick library offers a host of online and in person resources for students. Looking for virtual help? Check out the Student Resources Page of the library’s website. They even have an area designated just for homework help entitled “KidSpace” that is organized by homework help topic. In person, helpful librarians are on hand to help with homework topics, assist in research projects and help students secure quite study rooms.
Need more information?
For further information about Brunswick Public Library, visit www.fcpl.org.
To learn more about Frederick County’s efforts in green building and sustainability, visit www.SustainableFrederickCounty.org.
Excerpts By: Elizabeth Cromwell, Frederick County Public Libraries