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.
School-age children need learning environments that stimulate their reading, writing, math and science skills and also offer areas of quiet respite. Find out how you can accomplish these goals in your own children’s spaces with this checklist.
If you’re wondering what the latest and greatest library trends are, you’ve come to the right place. Designer Stephanie Shook discusses the direction modern libraries are going and the top library design trends that will help you better serve your patrons.
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.
The opening of the Queens Children’s Library Discovery Center in New York brought a multi-sensory, self-paced, informal learning environment to its community. The Discovery Center pairs hands-on museum exhibits with programming and materials, bringing STEAM concepts to life for local children.
European libraries have long been a source of inspiration in library design and the child space at the Kingston Library in the UK is no exception.
Location: Madison, WIClient: Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS)Completion Date: Fall 2014 The Madison Domestic Abuse Intervention Shelter (DAIS) undertook a project in 2014 to create a new space for their clients that would be inviting, safe and include spaces that were appropriate for each age group. The updated space goes beyond providing a safe place to sleep and includes plenty…
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!
Location: Sturbridge, MAClient: Joshua Hyde Public LibraryInterior Design: Kimberly Bolan AssociatesPopulation Served: 8,000Completion Date: June 2013 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…
Location: Richmond, CAInterior Design: DemcoClient: Richmond Public LibraryArea Square Feet: 500Completion Date: Spring 2011 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…
Location: Ramona Public LibraryArchitect: Manuel Oncina Architects, Inc.Client: San Diego County Library – Ramona BranchTotal Square Feet: 19,400Completion Date: February 2011 The San Diego County Library (SDCL) has faced dire budget cuts over the past few years — nearly 30% — but through hard work and strategic budget allocation they overcame adversity. Ramona Public Library, along with the 32 other SDCL branches,…
Location: St. Michael, MNArchitect: KKE ArchitectsInterior Design: DemcoClient: St. Michael Public LibraryCompletion Date: December 2010 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…