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"They'll come for the desk and maybe stay long enough to browse through the collection," Hall said.
Mendez and de la Torre selected a piece of granite from their storeroom. With undertones of lavender, charcoal and cream, it was a piece of stone neutral enough to work with the multi colored desk.
"Our work can be seen in facilities all over the world, but when we get a chance to help on a local project in our own hometown, we get very excited," said Bovinet.
Crossing was the unveiling of a one of a kind, custom made granite topped circulation desk made of books.
"As a book enthusiast, I treasured the fact that we were saving books and upcycling them into art," Fiebig said.
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"It's not going anywhere," said Library Director Ken Hall.
FDLPL Express opened Nov. 17 and features a collection of materials that includes best sellers and new releases and a sizable children's corner. Patrons can use the computer catalog, place holds, pick up materials and log into the free wi fi.
late October rain, the desk sans top was moved in one piece to the library branch. A few days later, workers from AMC Countertops installed the 800 pound granite top. All together, the desk weighs more than 1,600 pounds.
There, the books were whittled down further to several dozen. But it was tedious work.
Fiebig and Holz had taken about three days in a cramped library closet to sort through hundreds of books. They looked for clever titles, vivid jacket colors and books with eye catching covers. In the end, more than 30 boxes of their selections were hauled over to Interior Systems.
He knows the desk will help get people to the new Express branch.
"This was really a fun project to pull together for the library's new branch," Meiklejohn said. "I enjoyed having the opportunity to work with incredibly talented local artisans."Bovinet, CEO and president of Interior Systems, listened to the idea, reviewed the drawings and jumped in with both feet.
Dozens of people gathered Saturday to help the Fond du Lac Public Library celebrate the opening of its first ever branch location.
The creation was fashioned after a desk made of books at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.
Meiklejohn worked with his intern, Alyssa Marie Leystra, to design a structure that would be the framework of a working, functional circulation desk yet accommodate an exterior mosaic of books.
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Joined by Bovinet, the three had to puzzle a flat exterior from a pile of mismatched pieces. They cut books to size to fit odd holes. Each book was screwed in place a detail insisted upon by Bovinet, who knew about creating sturdy furnishings. The artists took more than a week, coming in at odd hours, to finish.
"All of the employees here at AMC Countertops truly enjoy giving back to the community," de la Torre said.
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