Rob and I were so pleased to present, yet once again, for the Leadership and Management Section (LAMS) at the 2014 NYLA Annual Conference. We hope everyone took away at least one tip from our presentation titled, "Your Future, Your Library" or, lovingly referred to over the years as, "21 Ideas for 21st Century Libraries." Don't hesitate to let us know if you have questions or need anything to help you along as you strive for library greatness.
|Palmieri board book |
browser bins used in the
Sachem Public Library's (NY)
Children's Room renovation.
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.
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 create 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 interactive, 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.
| From left to right: Pamela Vaughn (Springville PL, UT)|
Traci Lesneski (MSR Design), Me, Janet Nelson (Demco)
Julie Miller (Butler University, IN)
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!
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!