February 17, 2018

Librarians’ Picks | Library by Design, Spring 2015

New construction/renovations offer the opportunity to try new ideas in furnishings and design. Here are a few that delighted staff and users alike

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Booth Duty

Teens who come to Howard County Library System’s newly renovated and expanded Savage Branch & STEM Education Center, Columbia, MD, flock to the booth seating in the Engineering Enclave. Two sets of comfy booths, situated near the Madam Curie vending café, provide study space for middle and high school students after school and on weekends. The booths are a favorite of students and are in near-constant use. ERG International via Douron, tcandia@douron.com


Reading Buddies

Parents/children reading together or friends poring over a book is always a welcome sight. With room for parent and child or two best pals, True Love chairs from HighTower, located in the children’s section of the Fort Myers Regional Library, FL, are perfect for those shared moments. HighTower, www.hightoweraccess.com


Seating x 3

The jewel-toned, multiheight KnollStudio® X3 Chair and X3 Barstool in the Teen Scene section of the Fort Myers Regional Library, FL, are big hits with all the facility’s patrons. They are strong and stable yet keep the teen area fun, colorful, and somewhat whimsical. Knoll, www.knoll.com



Among the favorite furniture pieces in the children’s section of the Fort Myers Regional Library, FL, are the EuroBib “puppy” stools. When children enter the space, they gravitate toward them, sit on them while reading, and play with them. They inspire kids’ imagination. EuroBib c/o BCI, www.bcilibraries.com/wordpress/wp-content/downloads/bci_product_catalog_web.pdf


Power Puzzle Solution

To find solutions for access to power outlets in older facilities, the Calgary Public Library, Alta., turned to the KI Trellis System. Its affordable, sleek, and unobtrusive design looks like it is meant to be in the space, and one five-foot panel can accommodate up to 24 power outlets (including USB). It’s customizable, too. Gone are the days of patrons moving furniture closer to power outlets, with cords stretched across aisles. KI, www.ki.com/products/name/trellis-system


Writing on the Walls

Santa Monica Public Library’s Pico Branch Library, CA, lets people write on the walls! Claridge LCS Marker Walls were installed on two of the walls in each study room. Using Expo dry-erase markers, the walls are easy to clean up with a microfiber cloth. A movable magnetic ledge holds the markers on the porcelain enamel steel panels, custom cut to fit from floor to ceiling. They were installed in the Main Library’s tutoring rooms in 2012, and “we were so pleased, we added them to the Pico Branch construction project,” said Assistant City Librarian Claudia Fishler. Claridge, www.claridgeproducts.com


Terri L. Crawford, Lee County Library System, Fort Myers, FL
Claudia Fishler, Santa Monica Public Library, CA
Lisa Hardy, Calgary Public Library, Alta.
Christie Lassen, Howard County Library System, Columbia, MD

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  1. This furniture is amazing! I really like the white board wall you feature. I think my library should get this stuff in it!