The Cascade Township Branch of Kent District Library has a new addition — a 385 gallon aquarium. The new cylindrical fish tank is 6.5 feet tall, 66 inches in diameter and is sure to delight patrons young and old alike.
The aquarium was created through a donation by Claude Robinson, in loving memory of his wife Marion, who loved children and devoted her life to them as an educator, principal and friend.
“I am sure that Marion is looking down on us with great joy and happiness, for she always said, ‘whatever is good for the children, is good for the community,’” said Robinson.
The aquarium includes a variety of fish, including congo tetras, kribensis cichlids, silver dollars, blood red parrots, dennisoni sharks, pearl gourami, honey gourami, bala sharks and giant danio.
The outer shell of the aquarium was designed by Andy Barker, whose wife works for KDL. The artwork around the outer shell depicts Michigan nature scenes and is original art by Paige Norman.
“We know that both the fish and the original art on the tank will be enjoyed by children of all ages for many years to come,” said Vanessa Walstra, Manager of the Cascade Twp. Branch. “We think this is a fitting tribute to Marion Robinson’s dedication to children, and we are so thankful for Claude Robinson’s enormous generosity to our community.”
The Friends of the Cascade Library have generously supported the project and will cover the costs of servicing the aquarium.
A dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on Tuesday, May 25.