Flip-through Picture Book Shelving

Palmieri board book
browser bins used in the
Sachem Public Library's (NY)
Children's Room renovation.
Back in 2012 I posted a brief overview and resource guide on flip-through / face out shelving for children's books in libraries.  To date, it has been one of my post popular posts.  Because I continue to get emails and questions on a regular basis, I wanted to share an updated guide with you. Of course these are only a few options available in the marketplace, but it gives you a good starting point.

Note that several of these products have been used in Kimberly Bolan and Associates projects, so let me know if you have any further questions as you conduct your research and evaluation your options.
During the Plainfield Public Library's (IN) Children's Room renovation,
we replaced existing flat shelves with steel browser bins.
We also cut down their existing wood end panels to child size.
Note: Typically we remove the wood canopy tops when we do this,
but Plainfield chose to keep them and say it's working out well.


Updated, Interactive Children's Library in Plainfield, IN

Kimberly Bolan and Associates, in collaboration with Lehner Designs, recently planned and redesigned the 8,100 SF children's room of the Plainfield-Guilford Township Library in Plainfield, IN.
Entrance into the Renovated Children's Room

The overall goal was to c
reate an updated, interactive, 21st century environment with broad appeal to children ages 0 through 12 as well as parents and caregivers.  The new space is "zoned" into various areas including an early literacy/toddler area, a social space for young school-aged children and pre-teens, a study area, and a creative center called the Imagination Hub and Art Zone

This budget-friendly redesign 
included minimal construction, the re-use of the library's existing steel shelving, the re-purposing of its large 1987 service desk, which now serves as part of the Imagination Hub, and the inclusion of i
nteractive, hands-on activities, for all ages, throughout the room.  

This is the second space redesign project KBA has done with Plainfield-Guilford Library. Visit my Flickr site for photos of the children's space and more.


More on Collaboration Spaces

 From left to right:  Pamela Vaughn (Springville PL, UT)
Traci Lesneski (MSR Design), Me, Janet Nelson (Demco)
Julie Miller (Butler University, IN)
What a nice turnout at our ALA 2014 session on creating collaboration spaces. Lots of ground was covered on the various types of collaboration spaces and how to plan and create them in libraries of all types, sizes and budgets. Hopefully everyone came away with at least one good idea or tip. Thanks to all my co-presenters and to those who attended.

As we promised, here's a copy of our presentation as well as a copy of the "Digital Creation Space" planning handout created by myself and my associate Matt Gullet.  As always, don't hesitate to email me if you have any questions.  And, don't forget to send me photos of your projects. I always love seeing what people accomplish!


ALA Annual 2014

For anyone attending ALA Annual in Las Vegas this June, I'll be conducting some free 1:1 space planning sessions. Register here. NOTE: If my time slots are full, email me directly.

Also, on Saturday, June 28 from 1 - 2:30 in the Las Vegas Convention Center (room N243), I will be part of panel presentation discussing Developing Collaborative Spaces.  Would love to see you there!


Breaking Out of the Library Mold, in Boston and Beyond

Nice article in the New York Times titled, "Breaking Out of the Library Mold." It primarily talks about the upcoming changes at the Boston Public Library, but it also does a nice job showing how libraries, in general, are transitioning.  Check it out!