The Hyattsville’s public library’s “flying saucer” lived up to its name this morning as construction workers lifted it to a new home on site.
The library’s architects chose to move it from its location at the old library’s entrance along Adelphi Road to an interior courtyard where it will be home to a “reading garden.” It will be on a different part of the property until construction is finished.
Although well-loved among the community — it was the library where Jim Henson first checked out books on puppetry — the 1964 building was past its prime, and renovations would have been more expensive than starting over.
The new $32.7 million library will be a lot more energy efficient, with larger windows and a children’s section with a castle, dragon and troll bridge.
And the saucer, once derided, will keep the city’s connection to its past while serving a better purpose than it had.
While the library is under construction, area residents can check out books at the temporary location at 6502 America Boulevard, across from the movie theater at University Town Center.