Working with the community, SHP designed a complete interior renovation of the children and teen areas of the North Dearborn Public Library. Spaces that previously lacked personality and were essentially adult spaces scaled to a child’s size were reinvented to better serve the communities younger readers.
Key features include:
- Extensive stakeholder engagement included focus groups and design team meetings with staff and community members.
- A new children’s area boasts a “Pathway to your future” theme shown through a series of age-specific murals, designed by a local artist. Activity walls are located throughout the space and feature modular panels that can be changed for flexibility. A fabricator was commissioned to design a rocket ship sculpture that doubles as a reading nook.
- The new teen room has flexible furniture and wireless technology to give the locals a comfortable place to hang out.
- Flexible, mobile furniture is located throughout and can easily be moved to accommodate community events.