April 20, 2018

Product Sourcebook | Library by Design, Fall 2015

Library by Design’s Product Sourcebook spotlights a curated selection of newly introduced library furnishings and finishings in key purchasing categories, which will rotate from issue to issue. This edition focuses on library products for children and powered furniture.

The Spring 2016 Product Sourcebook will feature lighting fixtures and furniture that encourages motion. For questions about how to submit a product in those categories, or to suggest a category for a future Product Sourcebook, email mschwartz@­mediasourceinc.com.

Children’s Products

With the growing emphasis on early literacy, closing the word gap, kindergarten readiness, and reaching the whole child—including encouraging physical activity and STEM exploration—there’s never been a better time to ramp up your library’s children’s section to be more playful and interactive than ever with these innovative products.


Opening the Book Book Tree is designed for use against a wall or pillar. Nature-inspired displayer showcases up to 80 paperbacks at the right height for young patrons. $999. Brodart Co., 888-820-4377; www.shopbrodart.com

ljx150902webLBDColorScapePlaypodColorScape Playpods come in fabric or vinyl and can be customized with your own message. They come in three styles: a house that fits between two shelving units, a square unit with storage below, and a lower height square pod with display shelving on one side. $1,500–$2,750. DEMCO Interiors, 800-744-7561; www.demcointeriors.com


Interactive Flower Mural , originally designed for the Edmonton Library’s Meadow’s Branch, Alta., is now a standard design in the Burgeon Group design library. Libraries can choose to include one or several flowers filled with over 50 interactive elements, including real bugs, butterflies, and flowers in cast resin sculptures, so children can find numbers, match flowers, name colors, and even measure their height in sunflower seeds. Shown with standard and custom-designed interactive panels. $25,000–$50,000. Burgeon Group, LLC, 503-730-9941; www.burgeongroup.com

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Weplay Rocking Bowl lets children quietly rock and wiggle while they read or listen, playing off energy without disrupting others, while adding visual interest. Clear or green, designed for an institutional environment and built for safety. $240. Grow with Play, 909-647-6823; www.E-Weplay.us


Sailboat Quad Carrel adds a whimsical touch to the children’s area. It can be finished in any of the company’s wood grain colors, or specified as a custom match. Power/data options available. $15,800–$20,500. TMC Furniture, 734-622-0080; www.tmcfurniture.com


Custom Early Literacy Environments and interactive stations focus on reading readiness skills for prereaders and word games for young readers. Other options include Make a Puppet Stations and Story Stages, reading nooks, furniture for caregivers and children to share a story, and group story time spaces. $100–$150 per square foot. RedBox Workshop, Ltd., 773-478-7077; www.redboxworkshop.com

Ball Chair provides comfort and flexibility for kids (and adults up to 225 pounds), helping to improve posture so patrons can sit more comfortably. $125. Benee’s, Inc., 800-854-1411; www.benees.com


Userful Desktop Children’s Stations are designed specifically for children’s public access computers. They include touch screen monitors, a colorful keyboard and mouse, and age-specific content. Support for 3-D graphics means they can play Minecraft and other popular children’s games. Lock down desktops with print and time management, customizable profiles, Internet filtering, and a web-based management console. A one-year subscription to Userful Desktop with phone/email technical support and automatic updates, patches, and upgrades is included. $1,596. Userful Corp., 866-873-9126; library.userful.com


Safari tables and chairs feature playful animal designs in cheerful colors and solid frame classic construction. $1,105–$2,240 per unit. Palmieri, 800-413-4440; www.PalmieriFurniture.com

Powered Furniture

As any librarian knows, these days it is all about power. As patrons’ tech use shifts from dedicated desktops to multiple portable laptops, cell phones, tablets, and ereaders, whether bring-your-own or library-loaned, outlets are more in demand than ever. New construction features raised floors to pipe it where it needs to go; older buildings see patrons hover near outlets even if they have to forgo other basic amenities such as good lighting, work surfaces, or even seating. To eliminate tangled wires and trip-hazard towers, new designs in powered furniture take electricity where patrons need it.


OFM Serenity Series Soft Seating is available in multiple designs, with left- or right-side writing table and optional right- or left-side hidden electrical panel that includes an AC outlet and two USB ports. $550. Brodart Co., 888-820-4377; www.shopbrodart.com


Flip-Top Table’s flip-down mechanism allows librarians to fold and nest the tables for space-efficient storage. Powder-coated steel resists chipping and scratching and includes a detachable modesty panel. Five stock colors plus custom; sizes range from 36″ x 24″ to 72″ x 30″. Integrated cable management channels, gangling clips, and locking casters; optional table charging. Starting at $236. Benee’s, Inc., 800-854-1411; www.benees.com


Powered mobile library cart can be pushed around the library by hand or attached to a bicycle for mobile outreach. Waterproof and battery powered, it hauls up to 250 pounds of books, plus exterior shelves for flyers. Custom color choices and library graphics are available. Sparkly resin side doors fold out to become desks. Can charge library card readers, lights on the back, a Wi-Fi hot spot, etc. Starting at $10,500. Burgeon Group, 503-730-9941; www.burgeongroup.com


Executive Adjustable Sound Column Lectern features an easy-adjust pneumatic dial from 38″ to 44″ (back), sculpted radius corners, and four casters (two locking) for portability. Multiple finishes, with or without built-in sound system. Starting at $631. AmpliVox Sound Systems, 800-267-5486; www.ampli.com


Pods by Dre is a collection of modular powered seating designed for both collaboration and privacy. $2,060–$13,835. Palmieri, 800-413-4440; www.PalmieriFurniture.com


Thread is a power distribution system that runs through a thin modular track designed to be seamlessly laid under carpet. With six outlets, standing height-adjustable power hubs connect to the track. $4,800 will cover materials and installation of Thread in a typical 900 square foot room to power 36 devices. Steelcase Education, 888-STEELCASE; www.steelcaseeducation.com


Arcadia Speakeasy Meeting Table features a tailor-made base design for wire management and a number of power technology options. Available in seated as well as standing heights, along with a variety of shapes and top styles. $1,000–$2,500. DEMCO Interiors, 800-744-7561; www.demcointeriors.com


InCharge Furniture, designed on a 28″ x 28″ grid, is fully interchangeable. Components can be quickly and easily reconfigured to create different environments. The wireless Power Hub allows conductive power to flow through each connecting piece of furniture. USB ports are accessible at the front of each unit. $784–$5,883 for units as shown. Worden, 800-748-0561; www.wordencompany.com

Meredith Schwartz About Meredith Schwartz

Meredith Schwartz (mschwartz@mediasourceinc.com) is Executive Editor of Library Journal.

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