September 21, 2017

Year in Architecture 2011: Walk Right in, Sit Right Down

Kids get to sit in style in the refurbished and expanded Lied Scottsbluff Public Library, NE, with its interactive wall of cubbies, a Lite-Brite feature, and storage drawers underneath. The children’s area
also includes a 100 Best Books wall of recommended titles. CREDITS: Leo A. Daly, architect;
photo, Dana Damewood.


Along with a dedicated story time room with interactive wall games, the renovated Peoria Public Library, IL, includes these inventive purple reading pods, where youngsters can cocoon themselves to enjoy that favorite book. CREDITS: Farnsworth Group & Dewberry, architect; photo, Trisha Noack.


Remodeling the Kirkwood Public Library, MO, offered the opportunity to enhance every space, among them the restored reading room with practical seating and side tables to rest a book or an elbow. CREDITS: Bond Wolfe Architects, architect; photo, Alise O’Brien Photography.


This renovation and addition to the Ellis Library and Reference Center, Monroe County Library System, MI, includes floor-to-ceiling views, café seating, and this charming “Read-to-Me Nook” in the youth section where parents and kids can spend time. CREDITS: Fanning Howey & Riemenschneider, architects; photo, Brad Feinknopf.


The renovation of the University of West Georgia Ingram Library, Carrollton, involves a fluid interior design, with zones differentiated by color and furniture but without rigid use requirements. The architecture is intended “to encourage students’ creative use of the space.” CREDITS: Houser Walker Architecture, architect, and Parrish Construction Group; photo, Walter Elliott Photography.

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Design Institute Heads to Washington!
On Friday, October 20, in partnership with Fort Vancouver Regional Library—at its award-winning Vancouver Community Library (WA)—the newest installment of Library Journal’s building and design event will provide ideas and inspiration for renovating, retrofitting, or re-building your library, no matter your budget!