As students try to balance blended online and offline lives, they will rely on critical social-emotional learning skills like building empathy, managing emotions, and establishing supportive relationships. The SEL classroom is a flexible and inviting space that students and teachers can design and re-design together, helping kids build confidence in a place that feels like home.
You know you want to redesign your learning spaces to boost student achievement, but are you asking yourself the right questions? Find out how to take a deeper look at your space with these tips from learning environment design expert Dr. Bob Dillon.
Library users of all ages have different needs in each area of your library. Get advice on best practices for designing seven essential library spaces to make sure all users’ needs are met.
Libraries play a critical role in delivering early literacy services to their communities, both through their programming and through their spaces. Get tips on how to evaluate your space to ensure your littlest patrons are getting the most out of your learning environment.
Flexible seating and active learning environments have proven beneficial to student learning, but along with creating a comfortable learning environment comes safety concerns. Get advice from Learning Environment Designer Marci Milius about what you need to think about when choosing furniture for your library or classroom.
Do you want to know the top trends in children’s spaces and how you can integrate them into your library? Get the skinny from Interior Designer Stephanie Shook on the must-have elements for children’s spaces to make them inviting, interactive and hard to resist!
In Spring 2016, Deweyville Elementary School was devastated by catastrophic flooding. See how Demco played a hand in helping the school rebuild and put the focus back on education.
This library received the prestigious Library Building Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Library Association (ALA). See the stunning design in all its glory!
Imagine a school library with more of an “abandoned warehouse” feel to it than a welcoming space. This was the case for Brooklyn Arbor Elementary School before partnering with Demco.“Books were EVERYWHERE in the old library,” says Chris Albarran, Librarian of Brooklyn Arbor Elementary School. “It was like a book warehouse.”Through Demco’s collaborative design process, […]
United Nations International School (UNIS) has the most diverse student body in the world, representing 122 countries and speaking more than 90 languages. Encouraging a celebration of differences and similarities among students and faculty, the sharing of diverse cultural experiences enriches UNIS classrooms.Bright colors infused into the furnishings really bring to life the library and […]
Madison Public Library encourages visitors of the newly renovated Central Library to be inquisitive, creative, and willing to learn. There are plenty of opportunities as this dynamic library features something for everyone: quiet reading or study spaces, ample internet access on various devices, an enormous whimsical children’s area, teen center, local history room, makerspace, digital media lab, and much more!
Children and parents could not be happier with their new space at the Joshua Hyde Public Library! Prior to this renovation, the children’s room hadn’t seen any significant updates since it was first built in 1989, an expansion to the library, then 93 years old. Half of the cost of the renovation, which totaled approximately […]
The renewed Hawthorne Elementary School Library has quickly become a treasured resource for the school — and it’s community.The library now features generous space and an abundance of natural light. Space flow has been enhanced and zoned to accommodate pre-k to 5th grade students.Some of the improvements include:Moving computers to a tidier, more visible spaceReplacing […]
After nearly 50 years using the same furnishings with the same drab colors and the same clunky properties Lincoln Elementary School was fortunate enough to get a completely redesigned library with furnishings that meet the ever-changing needs of today’s libraries!Before their renovation in 2013, this library donned accordion-style movable walls that could create 3 rooms, none […]
The goal of the Washington Elementary School library remodel was to create a literary “hub” that is inspiring, playful and student centered. A spacious feel was desired while improving space utilization and layout yet maintaining the entire collection. Demco played an integral role in taking this vision to reality. Our exclusive ColorScape® line of furnishings […]
The vision for the Lincoln Elementary School Library was for it to be a bright, inviting learning environment that would accommodate multiple teaching spaces — and be appealing to the various age groups. They also needed a flexible space that lent itself to easy mobility.It took more than two years for the vision of this renovation […]
The Dapplegray Elementary School Literacy Center refreshed its space with colorful, dynamic furnishings that stimulate young minds and encourage team learning. After moving six times in 11 years the library has finally found its permanent home in what used to be the old wood shop room. The light maple finishes of Demco’s ColorScape® shelving and […]
In 2010 the Richmond Public Library entered the Demco room makeover contest with the hopes of gaining a vibrant new children’s area. To their surprise, they were our big winners! The goal of the Richmond Public Library staff was to “create an inviting parent/child space where parents and children can work side-by-side at computers, share books and enjoy story […]
Demco worked with KKE Architects to develop the shelving specifications for the St. Michael Branch Library of the Great River Regional Public Library System in Minnesota. Maple veneer end panels embedded with aluminum slatwall reveals complement both the Demco Steel shelving and clean lines of the building’s architecture. The addition of the slatwall reveals provides valuable […]