While the pandemic has limited what the branch can do for visitors, Orr said they will still do programming in outdoor spaces that are currently not accessible to customers, including concerts.
“We’ll bring them to the public virtually,” she said. “We’re going to work with what we’ve got in this amazing building.”
The $23 million facility has many features, like a teaching garden on the third floor, a reading garden on the second floor, and a panel of windows on the first floor that aligns the light on the solstice or the equinox.
Orr said the library will be a space where environmental educators will be able to do programming, and a place to both collect and disseminate information.
“I think it really speaks to the unity and activism, taking matters into your own hands to create change and not waiting for outside forces to make it happen,” she said.
The new LEED Platinum building was a project many years in the making. Orr said it has been a “lesson in patience” waiting for it to be built.
“Looking at the bigger picture and not being frustrated as it’s normal to be during a pandemic,” she said. “It’s worth the wait.”
Despite the current constraints created by the pandemic, Orr said she’s excited the library and environmental education center is finally here to provide services to the community.
“People should look at our website and see what kind of virtual programming we’re doing in the meantime,” she said. “All are welcome.”