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“Basket of knowledge”

One of the more unique aspects of the new Kalona Public Library is the use of three different shades of brick to establish a “basket weave” pattern on certain parts of the exterior wall.

The pattern is intended to fit in with the overall theme of Kalona, which is well known for its handcrafted Amish items, as well as being “Quilt Capital of Iowa.”

The basket weave pattern came out of nearly two years of discussion, planning and public meetings prior to the library’s construction.

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