One of the unique features of the Rifle Branch Library is our stained glass window that commemorates Theodore Roosevelt’s visits to this area around the turn of the century. This window was originally in the Presbyterian Church at the corner of 4th and Whiteriver. When the building was being turned into a private residence, a group of community-oriented folks set out to save the entire collection of windows. They raised $30,000 and now the windows are located in buildings throughout Rifle. The Roosevelt Window was safely removed, panel by panel, from the former Rifle Branch Library in September 2009. The window was shipped to Arizona where it has been painstakingly restored by Associated Crafts, a company specializing in stained glass restoration and preservation. You can see pictures of the window being removed on Associated Craft's Facebook page and on their Flickr stream. The restored window is featured on the second story of the new library, facing east. The Library Foundation is looking for sponsors for each window pane to help cover the costs of the restoration. If you are interested please call Executive Director Amelia Shelley at 970-625-4270. For more information on the construction process follow our building updates.