Cranston Public Library – Children’s Room Renovation

November 22nd, 2017

The Cranston Public Library Central Branch’s Children’s Room was heavily used by the community and boasted a high circulation rate despite a space that had not been updated in over 30 years. The goal of the renovation was to revitalize the space, improve sightlines and create age appropriate zones. Working closely with the library staff, LLB Architects developed a plan that allows for areas for reading, studying, lounging and playing. The plan maximizes sightlines to ensure watchful eyes on children, improves access to natural light, and most importantly, creates a secure entry.

The library staff was inspired by children’s portal literature and those classic books and stories quickly became the theme for the space. Carpet patterns emphasize a path to different zones. Finishes, furniture and lighting were selected to create a fun and whimsical atmosphere. Images and illustrations for the space were carefully selected to ensure that there were no direct references to specific stories, relying on classic iconography so the children could use their imagination to connect to various books.

The main reading area is highlighted by custom designed light fixtures that were the direct embodiment of the gateway to literature. The exterior of the fixtures show silhouettes of the “real world” while the bottom lens shows the “technicolor” images of the fantasy worlds. The hexagon sitting wall provides an intimate and cozy seating for reading. The children’s librarian desk’s playful and welcoming shape was specifically designed to allow monitoring of the entrance while simultaneously giving views down the stacks to keep an eye on active children. The shape helps with safety and encourages interaction with patrons at a child friendly height.

Other notable features include computer workstations, fit out with safely wobbling Doko ottomans. Bright decals reminiscent of classic children’s literature activate a tea party reading chair, and castle activity board zone.  The re-imagined program room with flexible seating, additional storage and kitchenette insure many engaging library programs to come.

Photography by Nat Rea.

Franklin Public Library Ground Breaking

December 16th, 2016

June 3, 2016 – The Franklin Public Library, established in 1790, is widely considered to be the nation’s first public library. The library collection was started with the donation of 116 books from Benjamin Franklin. The current library was built in 1904 and added onto in 1989. Faced with the need to make internal improvements and a shortage of the space needed to accommodate a record number of library visitors resulting from a surge in the Town’s population, the decision was made to move forward with the recommendations of a previously completed study.

LLB Architects, hired to design the historic restoration, renovation, and 6,000 square foot addition to existing 22,000 square foot building, worked closely with the library, town and community to develop a solution that would meet their goals. The project will increase the capacity of the general stacks, provide much needed meeting and community rooms, increase the size of the children’s room, and create a young adult room. Additionally, the building’s heating, air conditioning and sprinkler systems will be updated.

The ground breaking ceremony held today was the celebration of the start of a long anticipated project within the Town of Franklin.franklin-library-ground-breaking

Connecticut Library Association Annual Conference

April 21st, 2016

ct-library-association-conference-1April 21, 2016 – LLB Architects participated in the 125th Connecticut Library Association Annual Conference. The conference took place at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Connecticut. The conference them was “Libraries through the Looking Glass – reflecting on the past while stepping into the future”.

If you attended the conference and did not get a chance to stop by our booth, please reach out to us to let us know how we can help you plan for your library in the future. Call us at 401.421.7715 and ask to speak to our principal in charge of library planning, Drayton Fair.