September 29, 2014

Librarians Pick Their Favorite Furniture for Teens | Library by Design

From Roller Rink to Teen Center

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When remodeling a roller rink to be a branch library, the Scotts Valley Branch Library, CA, was told by its teens that they wanted a space of their own, preferably with a car to sit in. The library couldn’t manage that, but the booths and risers (designed by Group 4 Architecture) have been very popular options, along with Knoll’s Gigi® Swivel Chair. Knoll, Inc., www.knoll.com

A Level Above

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The Blos chair and the Drink chair paired with the Toy table and Lazy Bones chair/stool from Italian firm SLIDE are colorful and durable pieces and are easy to move about the Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) Main Library in Little Rock teen space, aptly named Level 4. They can also be filled with sand, making them much heavier and more stationary. The Fizz tables (not pictured) are handy for laptop use as well. SLIDE srl, www.slidedesign.it

For Teens Mostly

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The goal of the teen area of the Fountain Hills Branch of Maricopa County Library District, AZ, was to discourage adults from using the space. The Blob™ from Nienkämper features the low armless design that is “anything but inviting to anyone older than 20. With an optional antigraffiti fabric, it’s a winner.” Nienkämper, www.nienkamper.com

Seating Victorious

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Colorado’s Sterling Public Library teen area includes four V-shaped Pyramid chairs from Neinkämper that the teens as well as adults love. “The kids enjoy spending time reading, visiting, or just hanging out in them. The chairs are comfortable and can be upholstered using a variety of colors and fabrics. They are the first place the teens head when coming to the library.” Neinkämper, www.nienkamper.com

Vending at Shaker Heights

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Earlier this year, in addition to new furniture in the Shaker Heights Public Library, OH, Main Library’s Teen Center, “we installed a vending area just outside the room, with café tables. The outdoor aluminum tables Model AL24 go with our older meeting room chairs. This arrangement has proven to be very popular with teens and nonteens alike!” American Tables & Seating, www.atsfurniture.com

Modern & Modular

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Fullerton Public Library, CA, features Arcadia Serafina modular chairs and occasional tables in the teen room. “One of the goals in our library remodel was to create a room that was flexible enough for all of our teen events. These chairs are exactly what we needed—they are sturdy and comfortable yet light enough to move around and rearrange for or by teens. The chairs come with optional clips to keep them together in various formations; we’ve made some of ours into half circles for a cozy reading area.” Arcadia, www.arcadiacontract.com

Sittin’ with Jazz

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The Houston Public Library’s Teen Room at the McGovern-Stella Link Neighborhood Library, TX, features the Izzy Armless Jazz Stool. “It’s a bar-height stool for two-person bar tables and can be used for laptops and just hanging out with friends.” Izzy+ (from Fixtures Furniture), www.izzyplus.com

Put Your Mark on It

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Nienkämper’s Vox® Monogram™ public catalog and computer stations, installed in Central Arkansas Library System’s, Little Rock, Level 4 teen space, “are used throughout our system, and everyone loves them. The height is easily adjustable from standing to seated, and the IT Department loves the wire management system.” Nienkämper, www.nienkamper.com

You Can’t Box Teens In

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Sumas Branch, Whatcom County Library System, WA, is pretty much just a rectangle. How to define a space for the teens that doesn’t clash with the other library areas? Paint is too flat. The solution? “Install corrugated metal on part of the wall to add a bit of texture while defining the small space for our teen patrons. One of the cool benefits is that it is magnetic, creating an additional display area that can be changed when inspiration strikes. The corrugated metal was purchased from a local home improvement store for under $15 a sheet and installed by our handy facilities manager, Paul Krippner.”

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Bette-Lee Fox About Bette-Lee Fox

Bette-Lee Fox (blfox@mediasourceinc.com) is Managing Editor, Library Journal.

Celebrating her 40th year with Library Journal, Bette-Lee also edits LJ’s Video Reviews column, six times a year Romance column, and e-original Romance reviews, which post weekly as LJ Xpress Reviews.

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