Summary of 2005 Felton Library Friends Vision Statement, 1999 Community Assessment Building Goals, Steering Committee Discussion
Building Design Goals/Interior:
Gathering places for community – separate areas for children, youth, adults, reading and studying nooks; listening areas for CD’s; amphitheatre, labyrinth, benches outside and in foyer; places for adults and children to read together
Possible change in ceiling height, sunken areas to define areas and create groups
Cozy, varied textures throughout in walls, floors, furniture
Warm colors
Good acoustics, solarium/sunroom
Promotion of library and its site in relation to watershed education, the arts community, public and private schools, homeschool, and other organizations.
More shelf space to accommodate wider variety/selection of materials
Seating – Comfortable furniture, stairs to sit on rather than chairs, built in or moveable risers for toddler/preschool seating, variety of age appropriate seating
Good lighting, natural light, clerstory windows on south side to bring in warm southern light, allow view of trees from inside library, visual connection with the outside
Handicap and stroller access
Meeting Room – multipurpose, not carpeted, cleanable, sink, crafts, stove. Join exterior room (foyer/solarium) as spillover in good weather. Serves as electronic homework center for youth-highschool. Rolling lap top cart. Glass sound proof room.
Art and Display – Murals(watershed, community/flf history, children’s area. Display for changing art exhibitions; new books; children’s books. Children’s display showcase for child created rotating exhibit. Adult display case. Place inside to display donor plaques.
Incorporate the work of artists – painters and sculptors
Librarians to have, from the circulation desk, visual control of all working and sitting areas
Computer desks to be close to circulation desk
Site design/exterior:
Architectural design that reflects the character of SLV
Easy access by car, bus, bicycle, pedestrian
Maximum library building area
Library to have visual presence on street
Utilize areas by creek for outside reading
Active use of riparian area for enjoyment and education
Easy parking for book drop off
New bus stop to serve library
Parking close to building
Library van access to staff work area
Building material to “reflect, western appearance of Felton and complement the natural environment of the Felton area.” (Felton Town Plan 1987)
Readable as a public building
Large spaces
Axial symmetry
Low maintenance materials and design
Meet or exceed the highest standards for green building
Natural lighting
High efficiency heating equipment
Recyclable and recycled materials
Integrated with the building site to preserve significant natural features
Coffee cart outside between street and building near P.O.
Use of glass as material. Invites people in. Prevents vandalism.
Hardscape to include donor brick area