Photo by Shanna Wolf
Nearly 100 people braved the April snow to attend the Pinney Library's official groundbreaking on the morning of April 4, 2018. Shoveling skills and dedicating remarks included words from those pictured above, Jenni Collins (Executive Director, Madison Public Library Foundation), Allen Arntsen (President, Library Foundation Board), Greg Mickells (Director, Madison Public Library), Jaime Healy-Plotkin (President, Library Board), David Ahrens (District 15 Alder), Enis Ragland (Deputy Mayor for Administration and Finance), and Carl Ruedebusch (President & CEO, Ruedebusch Development & Construction).
Each year, Pinney Library receives approximately 300,000 visits. It is the third busiest in the Madison Public Library system. Pinney is in need of a larger, better building to serve the Eastmorland, Lake Edge and Schenk-Atwood neighborhoods along with others close by, as well as thousands of students who attend the 12 schools within a few miles of the library.
A growing number of residents in the Pinney service area are underserved, and at several east side public schools, more than 75 percent of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. The library will work with community partners to offer complementary educational programs that level the playing field for all.
The new library will also provide the surge of seniors -- including those living in the adjacent senior apartment community -- with an opportunity to attend educational programs, gain new digital skills and connect with others.
The new Pinney renderings and walk-through video created by OPN Architects show a modern, open space that is hoped to achieve LEED Gold certification. The library will be pedestrian-friendly, with Madison Metro bus access, bike racks and abundant parking.
Construction will be completed in 2019. Stay tuned for an incredible grand opening!