February 16, 2018

Branching Out, June 2015

Activity at the Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL), Annapolis, MD, started with renovations to the 20,500 square foot Severna Park Community Library earlier this year. The Gant Brunnett Architects–led effort, in conjunction with engineering firm AECOM, refreshed the main collection area with new furnishings, specialty lighting, and the replacement of older service counters with ones that are more user-friendly. The $350,000 project was supported in part by grants from the Maryland State Department of Education Department of Library Development Services. According to the Severna Park Voice, the AACPL master plan includes a brand new library within eight to ten years. Part two of AACPL happenings involves the improved teen space at the Crofton Community Library . Club 1117, funded through the Anne Arundel County Library Foundation and the generosity of the Greater Crofton Council, features comfy seating, new carpeting, four Mini Mac computers, and a Wi-Fi bar and charging station.

The Chula Vista Public Library, CA, held the grand opening ceremony for its new community space, the Hub, in the Otay Ranch Town Center on March 10. The Hub encompasses an additional 2,000 square feet of space in the mall in what was a toy store near the Otay Ranch Branch; it is open during regular branch hours. The Hub includes a U.S. Passport Processing Center managed by library staff and room for events, story times, meetings, tutoring, and classes. Funding for the project came from the California State Library, Friends of the Chula Vista Library, and the Chula Vista Public Library Foundation.

The renovation of the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library will begin on August 1. This first overhaul in nearly half a century will include the creation of a 700 square foot glass-walled reading room and computer lounge, according to the Jamaica Plain Gazette. The effort will also feature a new teen zone and an enhanced children’s area. Additionally, the library will now house a dedicated Maker space, with access to a 3-D printer and graphics-editing software. The project is helmed by Boston-based architects Utile, Inc.

After two years of construction, the new Manhattan Beach Library, CA, opened in April. Replacing its 43-year-old predecessor, the 22,000 square foot, two-story facility features a point-supported double-glass curtain wall, which offers views of the South Bay and the Channel Islands. The $19 million project was designed by Harley Ellis Devereaux Architects and built by construction firm C.W. Driver.

The last of three projects approved in 2007 as part of the Better Denver Bond Program, the Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch of the Denver Public Library opened on February 28. Named for Denver native Gonzales (1928–2005), a poet and civil rights activist who worked for educational, economic, and political equality for Denver’s Latino community, the 27,000 square foot, $14 million building was designed by Studiotrope Design Collective.—Bette-Lee Fox

This article has been updated to correct the size of the Severna Park Community Library.

This article was published in Library Journal's June 1, 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Bette-Lee Fox About Bette-Lee Fox

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

Celebrating her 46th 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.