I have a lot to get out to you today. Where to start? Here, I will start here.
Brandon Loss, who is 17 and lives in Wormleysburg, has designed and supervised the construction of two bookcases and an absolutely cunning cabinet, which I will describe a couple of paragraphs later once I get the rest the details out, for the Cleve J. Fredricksen Library.
The bookcases, which are in the children’s section of the library, and the cabinet, which will be used by the library’s Coffee Corner, which I will describe in a bit, right before I describe the cabinet, were Brandon’s Eagle Scout community service project.
See, a lot of information to give you. I could tell you about the cabinet first, but then you wouldn’t entirely understand its intended use, or I could tell you about the Coffee Corner first, but that means I have to leave the cabinet for later.
Ah, the pressures of big city journalism.
I actually wrote about the Coffee Corner, which is a coffee shop in the library’s lower level, earlier this year. The shop sells coffee, tea, hot chocolate, water and light snacks and is open weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
The coffee shop opened in November 2012 and has been successfully self-sustaining, according to Lori Loss, the office manager at the library who oversees the Coffee Corner.
Lori Loss is also Brandon Loss’ mother, which really isn’t part of the story, but I figured you’d be wondering about that, with their surnames being the same and all.
The cabinet Brandon designed, which was built by a group of scouts and volunteers supervised by Brandon, will be used as counter space in the coffee shop. It is an amazing piece of furniture.
First, it’s on casters, which are hidden – this is nice because casters aren’t all that great looking – so it can be moved around the library. Second, the cabinet really is two cabinets that are latched together. The cabinets come apart so they can be rolled – on their casters – into the elevator. Brandon said one big cabinet wouldn’t fit in the elevator, so he designed two for one.
Brandon is a senior at Cedar Cliff High School. He eventually wants to study mechanical engineering. I think Brandon will do quite well for himself in his chosen field.
The cabinet also has space for a small refrigerator and other things the shop might need to store. But, the best part is the cabinet is beautiful.
The library itself is a striking building with its low-hipped, high-ceilinged, Prairie style, lodge-thing going on. Brandon designed a mission style cabinet that fits perfectly in its space. The bookshelves he designed, also part of the project, are just as sympathetic to their environment.
I find few things more visually distressing than great-aunt-whatever-to-do-with-the-1970s-decorating-themes, you know, rust-colored shag carpet in a 19th century Hudson River Bracketed style house. This happens, you know it does. Brandon should be commended.
You can see Brandon’s cabinet and the bookcases during the coffee shop’s grand re-opening on December 13. The coffee shop didn’t really close, but it will open on that day with special extended hours, new café tables and new laptop-tablet friendly armchairs and other fun stuff.
When you look at Brandon’s furniture you should remember a couple of things. He is only 17, his work, and the work of those who helped build the furniture, was all volunteer. But most of all, Brandon said he chose a project that “would have an impact on the community.”
And it has a very nice impact at that.
Oh, and one last thing. The Coffee Corner could use more volunteers if you’re interested.
Now, I’m done.
See the library’s web site for more information about the Coffee Corner’s grand re-opening at www.fredricksenlibrary.org.
Photo of Eagle Scout candidate Brandon Loss with one of the three pieces of furniture he designed for the Cleve J. Fredricksen Library by: