The Ames Library Presented Beautification Award
President Richard F. Wilson and University Librarian Karen Schmidt accepted an award
from the Bloomington Citizens Beautification Committee for the contribution The Ames
Library and its grounds make to the beauty of the Empire Street area.
August 26, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – On behalf of The Ames Library, Illinois Wesleyan University President
Richard F. Wilson accepted a 2008 Beautification Award from the Citizens Beautification
Committee and the City of Bloomington at the Bloomington City Council meeting held
on Monday, August 25. Annually, the Citizens Beautification Committee reviews nominations
for residential and non-residential properties that present a positive appearance
to the City of Bloomington.
This year, 14 residential and 9 non-residential properties received Beautification
Awards, including Illinois Wesleyan’s 26-million-dollar library. “The Ames Library
is a significant facility for the University, and its presence greatly enhances Bloomington’s
prosperity,” said Stan Cain, Citizens Beautification Committee chairperson. “The exterior landscaping and building design of the library compliment the campus and community setting. Along
with the Sesquicentennial Gateway, both are welcoming additions along East Empire
Named in honor of B. Charles Ames, class of ’50, and Joyce Eichhorn Ames, class of
’49, The Ames Library opened in January of 2002. Located on the south side of campus,
the 103-thousand-square-foot building houses well over three hundred thousand volumes
within its five stories, along with numerous study rooms, project rooms, computer
workstations, the Thorpe Digital Center, and the Beckman Auditorium.
For additional information about The Ames library, visit the Web site.
Contact: Sherry Wallace, (309) 556-3181