children's library

Port Washington Public Library

Jackie and Harold Spielman Children's Library

Port Washington, NY

LHSA+DP was engaged to provide Interpretive Planning, Interior Architectural Design, and Exhibit and Graphic Design services for the renovation of the Jackie and Harold Spielman Children’s Library, at Port Washington Public Library, which serves children from birth to ‘tweens. With a “Tree of Knowledge” theme based on developmental principles in learning behavior, the upgrade is designed to better serves the youngest Port Washington residents and their families. The focal point of the design incorporates the over-arching tree motif and a vibrantly colored, leaf-inspired wayfinding system that assists young visitors in self-guided discovery and learning. Each leaf displays an appropriately inspirational word representing the theme of its area: “Play” (Early Childhood Area), “Imagine” (Story Corner for readings and presentations), “Think” (Quiet Study), “Create” (Maker’s Space/Workshop room), “Connect” (Learning Commons Media Area). The redesigned space, which incorporates multimedia elements and the latest in interactive technology, also includes a new Information Desk as well as inviting and comfortable seating opportunities throughout for leisurely reading and for parents and caregivers. The overall experience of the newly re-visioned Children’s Library is one of welcome, whimsy, discovery, and a celebration of the joy of learning.

SERVICES

Architectural Design
Exhibit/ Interpretive Design
Graphic Design
Interior Design

 

SIZE

Interior Space: 5,300 sf
Garden Area: 3,150 sf

“The Skolnick team absorbed all that we told them about our library’s culture and history and, over the years we worked together, respected that history while enhancing the space they were challenged to transform. They were very approachable and responsive throughout the visioning, design and implementation stages and never discounted any new idea that came from us even in the late stages of the project . The result is jaw-dropping and the children and families of Port Washington love the world-class design that has been created.”

 

Nancy Curtin, Former Director, Port Washington Public Library

SERVICES

Architectural Design
Exhibit/ Interpretive Design
Graphic Design
Interior Design

 

SIZE

Interior Space: 5,300 sf
Garden Area: 3,150 sf