Architecture is in the books at the library in Jonesboro

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Architecture was the talk of the day at the Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library on Sunday.

People gathered for a sneak preview of a documentary based on Mid-Century Modern Architecture in Arkansas. The documentary is produced by Mark Wilcken of AETN and he said the library itself is actually a standing testament to modern architecture. "if you look at the front entrance of the library it's got these barrel vaults," said Silken, "You can pretty well label a building mid-century if you see that because they really don't do that anymore."

But for some the changing structures of building reflects more on the changing lifestyles of the world. "If you want a perfect example, it's baseball," said Michael Dougan, Professor of History Emeritus at Arkansas State University, "It's all about luxury boxes and the maximization of the elite now."

Dougan said that the changing times will bring an end to unique structures like library and that building is going back to it's former traditional ways, "A building like this (the library) has no place in the future."

The documentary premieres on November 14 at 9 p.m. on AETN. For more information on history of the Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library and other events happening there, visit

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