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ta­bles, an open play area in the ju­ve­nile sec­tion, sep­a­rate com­puter ar­eas for chil­dren and adults, tele­vi­sions, free wireless in­ter­net, a fam­ily toi­let for par­ents with in­fants and a fam­ily room where chil­dren can be taken to calm down.

There will also be a 60seat meet­ing room with an at­tached ca­ter­ing kitchen, and even a garage in the back for re­ceiv­ing ma­te­ri­als and hous­ing any fu­ture ve­hi­cles.

Be­sides all of the new fea­tures, the de­sign places a heavy em­pha­sis on en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly tech­nolo­gies. The build­ing will be built on a raised floor, un­der which all of the heat­ing and cool­ing equip­ment will be placed. This de­sign saves money, be­cause its most ef­fi­cient to di­rectly heat and cool the ar­eas where peo­ple are, which is the first 8 feet off the floor, and a raised floor does this well. Heid said high-ef­fi­ciency En­ergy Star ap­pli­ances and heat pumps will be used to save on util­ity costs.

In ad­di­tion the li­brary will have a lot of win­dows to let in nat­u­ral light, in­clud­ing the north wall, which will be mainly com­prised of win­dows. This north­ern ex­po­sure will let in a lot of light, while avoid­ing di­rect sun­light which can overheat the build­ing and dam­age fur­ni­ture and books. The win­dows on the south­ern wall will have spe­cially-de­signed shelves which will bounce the light to give in­di­rect light into read­ing rooms and staff ar­eas. The li­brary will also have light sen­sors to con­trol the level of lights through­out the day.

Fi­nally, the roof of the li­brary will be de­signed to catch rain wa­ter which will be re­cy­cled and used. Wa­ter will be di­rected off of slightly slanted roofs into wa­ter cis­terns sunk into the ground. Heid said the li­brary will be el­i­gi­ble for a Gold LEED rat­ing, which sig­ni­fies an en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly build­ing.

The li­brary is be­ing lo­cated in the Oak Hill area, be­cause the west­ern part of the county is the most densely pop­u­lated out­side of Cov­ing­ton and Ox­ford. Hours have not yet been de­ter­mined, but are ex­pected to be sim­i­lar to the Cov­ing­ton Branch. The branch will be 19,000 square feet, a lit­tle over half the size of the Cov­ing­ton Branch. The li­brary is ex­pect­ing to hire staff in Fall 2010 and will em­ploy around five staff, Heid said. A for­mal ground­break­ing is planned for the sec­ond week­end in Oc­to­ber.

The branch is be­ing named af­ter James Hyde Porter in ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the con­tin­ual ma­jor do­na­tions made to the li­brary sys­tem by the Porter Foun­da­tion over the last 40 years. Porter was the grand­fa­ther of Oliver S. Porter, the founder of Por­terdale.

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