Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL), OH, had more to cheer about than one groundbreaking (see Hotline 8/6/12) with the recent renovation of the Fairview Park Branch. The 44,000 square foot branch project carved out a Technology Learning Center and a dedicated teen space, while also encompassing additional seating, self-checkout machines, and a redesigned popular materials area. A vibrantly hued, travel-themed children’s Play, Learn and Grow area, funded through the Fairview Park Branch Trust Fund, features three airplanes to simulate a child-sized Fairview Park Airport, replicas of London’s Big Ben and Paris’s Eiffel Tower, and an aquarium to represent an Australian barrier reef. The $1 million effort was led by Van Dyke Architects and Regency Construction and is part of CCPL’s Facilities Master Plan. CCPL also broke ground on July 18 for the 30,000 square foot North Royalton Branch, to replace an existing structure. The new library is designed by Richard Fleischmann + Partners, with Ozanne Construction Company to manage that aspect of the project. At a price tag of $11.7 million, the new North Royalton Branch will feature a sustainable design and house large gathering spaces, a full-service drive-up window, a Technology Learning Center, a café, and quiet study rooms.
Anderson Public Library, IN, has upped the ante with the addition of a dedicated programming room. Designed by krM Architecture+ and built by United Construction Company, the third-floor space will encompass a portion of the library’s book sale area and will be used exclusively for library-sponsored programs. The $200,000 project will be funded through the Library Improvement Reserve Fund and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
The New Braunfels Public Library, TX, began a two-month-long project on August 1 to renovate its children’s reading room. The refurbished space, to be reopened in October, will be designed around the Comal River and include a 3-D sculpture wall, a reading cave, better lighting, and updated shelving, according to KGNB. During construction, Rhyme Time and Story Time and after-school homework assistance will move to the Westside Community Center.