Tenley Public Library
ABOUT THIS PROJECT
Design Firm – Perkins + Will (formerly Freelon Group)
Lead Design Principal – Rick Kuhn
Project Interior Designer – Peter Provost (Project Completed while a Sr. Designer/Associate at The Freelon Group)
The Tenley-Friendship Library, as part of the District of Columbia Public Libraries, contains spaces devoted to children’s services, which will include online access, a large collection of print and non-print resources (CD books, DVDs, mixed-media kits, etc.) for children from birth to age 12. Children’s librarians will provide regular story programs in which they model early literacy behaviors and reader’s advisory services to children and their caregivers to encourage reading and early literacy.
The concept was to create a welcoming civic building that the area residents will be proud of and will include a variety of spaces to meet a wide range of community needs. Spaces include a large public meeting room (for approximately 100 people), two smaller meeting rooms, a children’s program room, as well as smaller rooms for group study and for tutoring. There will be stack areas for print and non-print materials for users of all ages. Multiple points of access to virtual spaces through the public PCs and wireless access for people with their own electronic devises are planned. The children’s area will have spaces (including collection and seating) dedicated to various age groups (five and under, beginning readers and elementary age). There will be a distinctive area for Young Adults to meet and to learn. Adults will have their own reading areas, online access area and a large collection of materials.
A diverse, robust collection and online resources will be available to users of all ages. A variety of spaces will be available for individuals and for groups to use that includes study tables and chairs, lounge seating, group study and tutor rooms, and three public meeting rooms to accommodate groups of different sizes.