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December 3, 2002 // UPDATED 1:34 pm - April 30, 2007
By: By Ellen Nigon
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After architect Cesar Pelli unveiled his design for the new Central Public Library, many responded with awe. Others saw a cold glass box that would kill birds.

Pelli and his team of architects tried to debunk those criticisms at the Central Library Implementation Committee meeting, Dec. 10.

What many saw as an uninviting glass box, Pelli said will actually be a warm and inviting structure. The glass used will not simply be clear, but also opaque and patterned. The glass will also be paired with some type of warm-hued stone, most likely Minnesota Kasota stone, like that used on the Wells Fargo Center.

Pelli said that the patterned glass is actually "an abstraction (of a picture) of the ripples on a lake in Minnesota."

Addressing concerns that too much light would damage books, Pelli said the side of the building that receives the most direct sunlight will have more stone and opaque glass to shield materials.

Addressing the concern that birds would fly into such a glassy building, architect Bill Butler said that after talking to wildlife experts, they found that "bird flight around the building should not be harmful to birds."

Butler explained that since the building is four stories high and surrounded by taller buildings, migratory birds would not be harmed. Butler said that the patterned glass would also deflect birds.

Enjoy New Year's Eve on the island

By Ellen Nigon

On Tuesday, Dec. 31, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will hold a New Year's Eve party on Nicollet Island. The celebration begins at 3 p.m. and goes until 9 p.m. Fireworks begin at 8:30 p.m.

Atomic Kids, a local group of youth performers, will entertain from 7:15 to 8 p.m. Buttons for the event are currently on sale at all city recreation centers. Buttons are $3 in advance for adults and children. Tickets the day of the event cost $5 for adults, $3 for kids.

Hennepin Family Court to move

By Ellen Nigon

The Hennepin County Family Court is opening at the new Hennepin County Family Justice Center in the former federal courthouse, 110 S. 4th St., on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2003.

The court is currently in the Hennepin County Government Center, 300 S. 6th St.

The move will begin the week of January 13. Family Court will hear domestic abuse cases and Family Court bench warrants in the Government Center during this week.

Downtown art students show off gingerbread houses

By Ellen Nigon

Students enrolled in the Art Institutes International Minnesota's culinary arts program have created a village of gingerbread houses. The houses are on display in the front windows of Ai at 15 S. 9th St. through Friday, Dec. 27.

Block E theaters robbed

By Ellen Nigon

On Dec. 11 at approximately 9 a.m., Crown Theaters in Block E, 600 Hennepin Ave., was robbed of an undisclosed amount of money. According to First Precinct Inspector Rob Allen, two males wearing ski masks and gloves apparently confronted the manager of the theater complex and demand that the manager open the theater safe. Allen said that police do not think this robbery is connected with recent armed robberies in southwest Minneapolis.