Thank you to the many artists, architects and builders from around the valley who have contributed books, ideas and funding to The Community Library over the years! Through their generosity, our already robust design and architecture section is considerably enhanced.
Every year, Wood River’s own Mountain Section of the Idaho Chapter of the American Institute of Architects selects exemplary books on design, art and architecture and donates them to The Community Library to share with our local and global patrons. The tradition dates back over twenty years, lending depth and breadth to our collection. This year’s donation just arrived, a gift for the Solstice.
Tadeo Ando: Houses features brilliant layouts of 30 years of the architect’s work in concrete dwellings from Mexico to Sri Lanka. The book includes floorplans and photographs of the finished houses. Design for an Empathic World: Reconnecting to People, Nature and Self by Sim Van der Ryn explores the psychological aspects and human factors in city planning and engineered living. In harmony with its sustainable themes, the book itself is of modest size and printed on recycled, acid-free paper. The Power of Pro Bono: 40 Stories about Design for the Public Good by Architects and Their Clients occupies the intersection between design and social justice.
The best hands on book, coming in at only 16 pages, is Gaudi Pop-ups by Courtney Watson McCarthy, with both photos and pop-up three dimensional foldouts of the Park Güell, Serpentine Bench, Salamander Fountain, Casa Batlló, Casa Milà and Sagrada Familia.
This year’s donation includes two books for our children’s collection to encourage bright young makers. My Name is Georgia a portrait by Jeanette Winter, is a Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of the Year for young readers, and follows the artistic path of Georgia O’Keeffe with bright, bold, color illustrations. Young Frank Architect by Frank Viva (a cover artist for the New Yorker) is published by the Museum of Modern Art.
Thank you from all our patrons, young and old! Check out the art at The Community Library, where library cards are free, and a world of books are waiting.