The original landscape plan for the Lander Library expansion included a concrete pad for a gazebo to the north end of the Carnegie Building. When staff decided the massive cottonwood trees needed to come down to address site changes, they knew that library patrons would enjoy a space out on the lawn with shade for comfortable reading in the warmer months.
Creating a new gazebo area that would be accessible year round seemed like a great idea, but money ran out before a structure could be designed and built. The Lander Library Friends Association (LLFA) took the gazebo structure as their Challenge for Charities project for 2014. This meant that money pledged to the organization through the Challenge for Charities, sponsored by the Lander Community Foundation, would receive a match through the Foundation. Brochures went out and the public responded.
With the Lander Community Foundation match, the LLFA made $10,000 for the gazebo, and added another $1,350 to meet the bid for the structure. With an inspired architectural design donated by Kurt Dubbe of Dubbe Moulder Architects, Trey Warren of Wimpy Wolf Construction completed the gazebo in October 2014.
The library will use the gazebo for open air book discussions,outside presentations, and a comfortable reading spot.