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posted: Wed, Sep 13th, 2017

Mountain View to celebrate library renovation

Mountain View will hold a ceremony on September 19 during Back-To-School Night to officially open the renovated school library.

The former labyrinthine section of the building, with the library and computer lab at its center, has had its main corridor walls removed, transforming the area into a wide-open space.

The library has been designed as an urban park, anchored by a floor-to-ceiling wooden tree of knowledge. Picnic tables and park benches are set on grass-green carpets. Illuminated photo panels on a section of ceiling let the light shine in from the perennially sunny day. And the perimeter walls are covered in brick and siding with illuminated faux window panes, simulating the brownstones that border New York City parks such as Washington Square Park and Gramercy Park. 

The open design reflects the evolution of school libraries. Over the past 30 years, they have transitioned from repositories of information (i.e. books, periodicals) where silence was golden to media hubs that provided access to computer software and the vast resources of the internet. Now, libraries have also become centers of activity that allow groups of students to explore and learn by doing, particularly with activities involving STEM.

The Mountain View library has sections designed for its many functions. Its computer lab is in a half-walled patio area off to one side.

In the center at the base of the tree of knowledge is a large open area with chairs suitable for reading or whole class instruction. Behind that, through the classical facade of a city library replete with white columns and gable, are shelves of reference books and materials.

At the other side of the library are shelves of fiction, the circulation desk to check out books, and an enclosed newsstand hut where students can find periodicals as well as computers linked to the Destiny library system which makes searching through the library’s collection a breeze. 

The Mountain View library was designed by Gianforcaro Architects, Engineers and Planners – a Chester-based firm specializing in school and municipal architectural services.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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