April 30, 2017

Placemaking and the Public Library | ALA Midwinter 2017

“People crave community. Community needs space. Space can create community. If you are not creating community, you are probably not creating places,” explained Michelle Jeske, City Librarian at Denver Public Library (DPL) and a 2005 LJ Mover & Shaker, to an eager crowd gathered for Placemaking and the Public Library on Sunday, January 22. What […]

Librarians Pick Their Favorite Furniture for Teens | Library by Design, Fall 2012

Surprising, stunning, outrageous even—that’s what teens asked for and hot in these library spaces.

How To Design Library Space with Kids in Mind | Library by Design, Fall 2012

When creating special spaces where children can experience joy in learning and investigation, public and school libraries often are inclined to produce primary-colored themed spaces that may appear on the surface to be kid-friendly. These spaces, however, can be a flat experience for children. Children appreciate good design, subtlety, and nuance. We should avoid talking down to them with the spaces we provide just for them.

Building Smart: LJ’s Design Institute Inspires Spaces for the Future | Library by Design, Spring 2012

Some 90 librarians, architects, and vendors gathered to talk about how to build for flexibility in uncertain times and brainstorm solutions to a handful of design challenges.