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Gazette opinion: Protect taxpayers from library demolition mess

Gazette opinion: Protect taxpayers from library demolition mess

When the new Billings Public Library opened in January, the grand opening for its main entrance, courtyard and parking garden was set for June 30.

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Architect, officials and community members celebrate new library

Architect, officials and community members celebrate new library

A joyous and standing-room-only crowd of more than 150 gathered Saturday afternoon to dedicate a library that its architect called “a pavilion of light and view,” a “colorful building with character, a 21st century pole barn — and so much more.”

February 02, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Stunning new library to open Monday

Stunning new library to open Monday

The new Billings Public Library, which will throw open its doors for the first time Monday, probably wouldn't have been built without the jump-start of a $2 million donation.

January 05, 2014 12:00 am Video Photos

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New library already an eye-catching landmark

New library already an eye-catching landmark

Even at this stage of bare steel and concrete, you can get a pretty good idea of the grandeur of the new Billings library.

March 09, 2013 12:05 am Photos

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40 Under Forty: Mason Hill

40 Under Forty: Mason Hill

Officially Mason Hill has worked for Hill Masonry Inc. for a dozen years, and his current title is project manager and estimator. In reality, he has been associated with the family business for as long as he can remember.

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Gazette opinion: Morning forums bring issues to local lawmakers

The short time between November elections and the Jan. 7 start of the 2013 Montana Legislature is an important period for communication between lawmakers and constituents who may not be able to go to Helena. Now is the time for local people to talk to legislators about important and complex …

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Guest opinion: Library design reflects Billings history, landscape, changes

The architectural vision for the new Parmly Billings Library is a sustainable and dynamic pavilion of community pride and iconic presence — a volume of light, transparency, and color that grows from the fabric of the urban streetscape.

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Excavation of new Billings library site begins

Excavation of new Billings library site begins

Staff at Parmly Billings Library spent part of Wednesday trying to come up with a song for the day to match the work going on outside.

May 09, 2012 3:30 pm Photos

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Demolition, utilities relocation next steps for library project

Demolition, utilities relocation next steps for library project

Parmly Billings Library Director Bill Cochran said the city is moving ahead with plans for a new library, focusing on demolishing the old Underriner Motors building behind the library and relocating utilities in the alley.

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Anonymous donor called linchpin of library bond issue's success

Anonymous donor called linchpin of library bond issue's success

Will Bruder spent election night in Phoenix at the election headquarters of mayoral candidate Greg Stanton.

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Voters approve bond to build new library

Voters approve bond to build new library

Billings will have a new library. By a margin of nearly 57 to 43 percent, Billings voters approved a $16 million bond to build a new Parmly Billings Library

November 08, 2011 8:15 pm Photos

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Supporters of new library reach $5M fundraising goal

Supporters of new library reach $5M fundraising goal

Supporters of a new Parmly Billings Library say they have reached their goal of raising $5 million in private donations.

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Library plans shoot for nearly gold LEED rating

The people designing the proposed new Parmly Billings Library aren’t going for the gold, but they do hope for a high silver.

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Library supporters say pledges total $4.8 million

Library supporters say pledges total $4.8 million

Supporters of a new Parmly Billings Library told the City Council Monday that they have nearly reached their goal of raising $5 million in private donations.

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New library

New library

Architect Will Bruder chats with a visitor Monday during a public meeting on plans for a new Parmly Billings Library.

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By the book: Supporters of proposed library in the stretch drive

By the book: Supporters of proposed library in the stretch drive

Leslie Modrow, development director for the Parmly Billings Library Foundation, has a ready answer for those who say Billings doesn’t need a new library, that the existing one is good enough.

October 16, 2011 12:15 am Photos

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Leslie Modrow and her son Nick

Leslie Modrow and her son Nick

Leslie Modrow, development director for the Parmly Billings Library Foundation, and her son Nick head out to distribute yard signs in support of the library initiative on Friday, Oct. 7.

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Supporters assemble yard signs

Supporters assemble yard signs

Supporters assemble yard signs for the Billings Library initiative.

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Chris Schmechel assembles yard signs

Chris Schmechel assembles yard signs

Chris Schmechel assembles yard signs in support of the Billings library initiative.

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Library patrons wait in line for the doors to open

Library patrons wait in line for the doors to open

Parmly Billings Library patrons wait in line for the doors to open on Wednesday, Oct. 5.

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