The Washington Carnegie Public Library grounds have been getting a bit of a face lift this week thanks to a grant from the Daviess County Community Foundation. Over the last few days, Wichman's Landscape crews have been on the grounds working in top soil and planting shrubs and flowers among other things.
"This project will improve public landscape and open space while fostering community partnerships and educational opportunities for our citizens," said Director Teresa Heidenreich, who wrote the grant application.
The ground the library sits on was donated by the Cabel family and Heidenreich pointed out that an arch located near the Main Street entrance to the property denotes the space as Cabel Park. Money to the build the library was obtained by the Monday Afternoon Club in 1901 from philanthropist and industrialist Andrew Carnegie.
"We wanted it to have the park feel," said Heidenreich. "We have a great facility here and people see that on the inside but we needed to work a little to make the outside just as great as the inside."
Heidenreich said patrons often wait in their cars for the library to open and with over 60,000 titles available in multiple formats for the nearly 6,000 cardholders to enjoy, the library is the place to be.
"Inside the library, people are interacting with other patrons. Children are laughing and singing during story time and tutors and learners are whispering," said Heidenreich. Our library is relevant and dynamic and out grounds needed to be as well."
Much of the old landscape had died to drought or vandalism and Heidenreich said updated landscaping would allow patrons to enjoy the grounds just as much as they do the inside of the library.
"Cabel is functional but it was very drab and unwelcoming. This project is rejuvenating the exterior, making it warm and welcoming while allow us to use the grounds for environmental and education as well as general enjoyment," Heidenreich said.