Choice hosted an open house on June 24 to celebrate their new Liberty Square offices in Middletown, Connecticut. Approximately 60 guests, including local library staff from Russell Public Library, Wesleyan University, Fairfield University, Trinity College, the University of Connecticut, Central Connecticut State University, Goodwin College, and many more; publisher representatives from ABC-CLIO/Greenwood and Credo Reference; and ALA/ ACRL staff and leaders, attended the informal celebration.
Guests mingled and toured the new office space while enjoying music by two flutists from Wesleyan University. Choice Editor and Publisher Irv Rockwood cut the cake and gave brief comments celebrating the opening of the new offices after a long planning and construction period. Three Barnes and Noble gift certificates were raffled off and each guest received a Choice/ACRL bag as they left. A slideshow with photographs of the old and new Choice offices along with images of past and present staff members and Choice events over the year added to the historical perspective. A commemorative book on the history of Choice in Middletown was presented to ACRL President Erika Linke, ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen Davis, ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels, and ALA Associate Executive Director for Finance Greg Calloway. Copies were also available for guests to peruse.
Designed in accordance with “green building” principles, Liberty Square features a prefabricated exterior wall system that provides excellent insulation, a high-efficiency heath and cooling system, insulating windows, and a recycled steel building frame. The Choice office unit is equipped with energy efficient lighting and switches, low volatility paint, green window treatments and furniture, and makes use of natural lighting whenever possible. Liberty Square is ALA’s first “green” building.
Additional images from the celebration are available on Flickr.
Congratulations to Choice on their new home!