In the spirit of National Library Week, for week 14 of our Kansas sesquicentennial series we’re taking a closer look at the library as an “art object” and at Michael Graves, the architect behind the design of our current building.
Architecture merges science with design to create living, functional spaces which, over time, can become iconic cultural symbols and can be seen as works of art. ”Michael Graves is an American architect. Identified as one of The New York Five, Graves has become a household name with his designs for domestic products sold at Target stores.” 
PART 1: Planning, Construction & Grand Opening
PART 2: The Library As Art Object
About 52 for 150
Every object has a story, and stories build history. To celebrate 150 years of Kansas statehood we’re featuring 52 objects (or collections of related objects)—something new each week throughout the year—from the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library’s 130-year-old special, and permanent collections, that represent our collective state history and cultural diversity.
Our collections are available for teachers, students, researchers and general interest, and we hope this online video program will provide insight into what’s so “special” about Special Collections. Your library’s commitment to collecting art and preserving local history makes it possible for users today and in the future to have immediate access to invaluable research material and cultural artifacts.
To learn more about Michael Graves, or get help finding books and videos related to him and his work, call or stop by the Sabatini Gallery (785-580-4515). We’re located on your right just beyond the Library rotunda entrance.