Your users are looking for a place to collaborate, to share ideas and brainstorm to get projects done. The library is the perfect place for people to gather and work together — but what’s the best way to help facilitate this idea sharing? Learn from seasoned expert Traci Lesneski about what to consider when designing collaborative spaces and the key features your users are looking for.
Do you have some fidgeters in your classroom? This type of low-intensity movement is actually healthy for our brains and our bodies. Flexible seating arrangements in your space can help you promote more of this movement and not only promote healthy activity, but improve test scores as well—really! Read what the research says about encouraging healthy movement in schools.
What does it mean to design a 21st century library? How do you make so many stakeholders happy? Margaret Sullivan, a Principal at Margaret Sullivan Studio, breaks it down for you. Tune in for 10 essential places every public library needs to foster community.
Every makerspace and every library is different. Learn the questions experts ask when assessing the best way to integrate a makerspace into a new or existing library. Architect Tiffany Nash gives you guidance to get you on your way.
When Massapequa school officials got an idea, they made it a reality in a big way. See how they updated 6 of their elementary libraries with modern makerspaces and started seeing positive learning outcomes as a result.
Situated on the South Side of Chicago, Eisenhower High School is just as bustling inside its walls as it is outside in the city. The Learning Resource Center (LRC) is now used by a greater diversity of the school community due in large part to the flexibility and versatility of its new furniture. The space now […]
Ann Antolini School is the only elementary school for 3rd to 6th grade students in the town of New Hartford, CT. With a population of roughly 7,000, these students come from a predominantly rural community consisting of farms, homes and parks. When the time came to update the school’s library they turned to Demco for […]
The beautiful Black Hawk Elementary School Library is a drastic improvement from the over cluttered, nearly inaccessible, no-space-for-anything library which was long overdue for renovation. The new refreshed space has a wonderfully welcoming feel. The bright colors of the ColorScape® furniture, coupled with Palmieri Bloom seating and colorful Smith System® Flavors chairs bring an energy […]
Expectations are changing and students have diverse needs. A library design professional talks about the new school library and its exciting implications.
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, […]
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 […]
When a renovation opportunity arose for the N.H. Beversluis Media Center at Eastern Christian High School (ECHS), the focus was twofold: reflect the creative spirit of the students who occupy the space, and make the space very flexible — considering the ever-changing uses of the library. Originally told to “dream big” Claudia Godoy-Cortes, Interior and […]
In April 2009, Jennings County Public Library began an organizational study with the help of Library Consultant Kimberly Bolan Cullin in an attempt to prepare their facility to meet the changing needs of their community.
A $436 million bond passed in 2006 gave Lake Washington High School (LWHS) the opportunity to rebuild their foundation and completely redefine their curriculum to support 21st century learning. A research group comprised of the school principal and teachers reviewed best practices in secondary education, traveling across the US to learn from schools exhibiting excellence […]
The Queens Library Far Rockaway Branch was a joint effort between Demco interior service experts and consultant Kimberly Bolan Cullin. The client’s objective was to create a contemporary and usable teen space. That was achieved through modern furnishings, bright colors and an open space. Demco participated in the space design, product and color selection and […]