Great Libraries for Norfolk - Building New, Modernizing Old, Strengthening All

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Champagne Dreams on a Minimal Budget: Cost Conscious Library Space Designs
LLAMA BES
ALA Annual 2009 (Chicago)
July 11, 2009

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  • 1. Great Libraries for Norfolk Building New, Modernizing Old, Strengthening All Norman Maas Library Director, Norfolk Public Library 1155 Pineridge Road, Norfolk VA 23502 (757) 664-7339; (757) 647-3035 norman.maas@norfolk.gov
  • 2. The 1998 Study Suggested 1. Constructing four Anchor Branch Libraries, each serving a quadrant of the city 2. Renovating and Repairing up to seven existing neighborhood libraries 3. Replacing the Kirn Main Library 4. Improving Library material funding 5. Improving Library automation funding 6. Strengthening Library staffing levels 7. Strengthening overall Library maintenance
  • 3. www.npl.lib.va.us N or f ol k Pu bl i c Li brar y 2006 Creating a City of Readers 2011 St rat egi c Di rect i ons
  • 4. Strategic Directions 2006-2011 Strategic Direction 1 Build the collection of books and other materials to better meet customers’ needs. Strategic Direction 2 Improve current facilities and develop plans for new building facilities to better accommodate our customers. Strategic Direction 3 Enhance library staff ’s ability to better serve our customers.
  • 5. Strategic Direction 4 Use technology and computer resources to improve library services to the public. Strategic Direction 5 Strengthen early childhood literacy and parent education through improved services available to children, families, and caregivers. Strategic Direction 6 Develop the After-School Initiative to provide constructive after- school activity for school-aged children and teenagers. Strategic Direction 7 Enhance local history and genealogy resources.
  • 6. Strategic Direction 8 Address the need for information related to community services, agencies, and organizations. Strategic Direction 9 Provide career information in support of people who are trying to find employment. Strategic Direction 10 Increase awareness of library services and activities and highlight the value of the library to the community. Strategic Direction 11 Increase external support for quality library service.
  • 7. What Have We Done?
  • 8. What Have We Done? Updated branch libraries & the interiors Enhanced public computer facilities at all NPL branches Renovated Park Place Branch Library KidZones Built Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library Moved to the temporary Norfolk Main Library
  • 9. Updated Branch Libraries All NPL branch libraries have been updated with new paint and carpet. Approximately 30 new computers and computer stations added to every branch location. Weeded book collections. Installed KidZones in every location.
  • 10. Updated Branch Libraries Barron F. Black Branch Library BEFORE
  • 11. Updated Branch Libraries cont… Barron F. Black Branch Library AFTER
  • 12. Updated Branch Libraries cont… Janaf Branch Library BEFORE
  • 13. Updated Branch Libraries cont… Janaf Branch Library AFTER
  • 14. Enhanced Computer Facilities at all NPL locations The new Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library houses 90 total computers The interim Norfolk Main Library houses nearly 60 computers All branch libraries have gone from having roughly 5- 10 public access computers to now having nearly 30 computers with a 2 hour time limit. This has doubled computer usage and decreased the wait time for patrons
  • 15. Updated Computer Technology Centers Park Place Branch Library
  • 16. Computers cont… Janaf Branch Library
  • 17. Computers cont… Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library
  • 18. Computers cont… Jordan-Newby Branch Library
  • 19. New Computer Table & Chairs Computer Table Computer Chair Hermon Miller, P/N PBLIC.DP339 Hermon Miller, P/N WC420N
  • 20. KidZones NPL installed KidZones in every library location. Each library locations KidZone has a different theme (ex: Jungle, Ocean, Cars & Trucks) KidZones are interactive environments where parents can engage in early literacy activities and connect with their children through play. Play fosters development in the social, emotional, intellectual, and physical aspects of a child’s life; thus helping a child to get ready to read. KidZones include infant toys, activity tables, manipulative toys, creative play stations, children’s books, and early literacy information for parents.
  • 21. KidZones cont… Barron F. Black Branch Library KidZone
  • 22. KidZones cont… Blyden Branch Library KidZone
  • 23. KidZones cont… Jordan-Newby Branch Library KidZone
  • 24. KidZones cont… Lafayette Branch Library KidZone
  • 25. KidZones cont… Norfolk Main Library KidZone
  • 26. Reading Time @ Van Wyck Branch Library Storytime @ Park Place Branch Library Social Time @ Blyden Branch Library
  • 27. Design Team for KidZones NPL Director – Norman Maas, (757) 664-7339; norman.maas@norfolk.gov NPL Children’s Coordinator – Terri Raymond; (757) 664-7328 ext. 347; terri.raymond@norfolk.gov NPL Family Place Librarian – Terry Wanser; (757) 664-7328 ext. 349; teresa.wanser@norfolk.gov NPL Branch Managers NPL Youth Associates
  • 28. Budget for Branch Renovations (Per branch) 30 Computer Tables - $607 each ($18,205) 30 Computer Chairs - $180 each ($5,400) 30 New Computers - $1500 each ($45,000) Electrical for computers - $15,000 New Paint & Carpet for each branch – ($35,000) KidZone for each branch – ($5,000) Three KidZones were sponsored by The Rotary Club of Norfolk TOTAL COST for each branch = $123,605
  • 29. Planning & Design Team for Branch Renovations NPL Director – Norman Maas; (757) 664-7339; norman.maas@norfolk.gov NPL Automation Coordinator – Randy Miller; (757) 664-7328 ext. 311 randy.miller@norfolk.gov NPL Children’s Coordinator – Terri Raymond; (757) 664-7328 ext.347; terri.raymond@norfolk.gov NPL Family Place Librarian – Terry Wanser (757) 664-7328 ext. 349; teresa.wanser@norfolk.gov
  • 30. Planning & Design Team for Branch Renovations NPL Branch Managers NPL Branch Youth Associates NPL Branch Staff City of Norfolk Facilities Maintenance – Joe Francis City of Norfolk Facilities Maintenance – Joe Doudera City of Norfolk Public Works – Sam Russo Interior Design – W. Ray Jennings Interior Design; (757) 627-7296; wrjid@verizon.net
  • 31. Park Place Branch Library Renovations We renovated Park Place Branch Library by: Converting 1,100 square feet of existing space in the Park Place Multi Service Center for Park Place Branch Library use. Adding 30 new computers. Installing a new KidZone. Adding new furniture, paint, carpet, and lighting.
  • 32. Park Place Branch Library Renovations cont… The changes to the branch have increased the foot traffic of not only the library but also of the Park Place Multiservice Center. In July 2008, Park Place more than doubled its circulation from last July, and computer usage was 3 times higher than last July.
  • 33. Park Place Branch Library BEFORE Book Collections
  • 34. Park Place Branch Library AFTER Book Collections
  • 35. Park Place Branch Library BEFORE Seating Area
  • 36. Park Place Branch Library AFTER Seating Area
  • 37. Park Place Branch Library BEFORE Customer Service Desk and Handout Display
  • 38. Park Place Branch Library AFTER Customer Service Desk and Handout Display
  • 39. Park Place Branch Library AFTER Customer Service Desk and Handout Display
  • 40. Park Place Branch Library BEFORE KidZone
  • 41. Park Place Branch Library AFTER KidZone
  • 42. Park Place Branch Library AFTER KidZone
  • 43. Park Place Branch Library Additional Space: Computer Area
  • 44. Park Place Branch Library Additional Space: Teen Zone
  • 45. Budget For Park Place Renovations The Park Place Library expansion project was awarded a $99,000 grant from The Norfolk Foundation. The City of Norfolk’s $200,000 contribution to the project was used for construction and renovations costs. Total Renovation Costs: $300,000
  • 46. Planning, Design and Implementation Team For Park Place Branch Library Renovations Norfolk Public Library Director – Norman Maas; (757) 664-7339; norman.maas@norfolk.gov Norfolk Public Library Automation – Randy Miller; (757) 664-7328; ext. 311 randy.miller@norfolk.gov Park Place Branch Library Manager – LeoNard Thompson; (757) 664-7330; leonard.thompson@norfolk.gov Park Place Branch Library Staff City of Norfolk Public Works – John Facenda Ray Jennings Interior Design – Ray Jennings; (757) 627-7296; wrjid@verizon.net
  • 47. Opening the Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library
  • 48. Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library March 2008
  • 49. Photograph taken by Steve Budman
  • 50. Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library Opened March 13, 2008 Since opening, the Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch has: Circulated over 30,000 books a month 34,000 people visit the library each month Over 7,000 people have registered for new library cards Over 50% of Pretlow’s public access computers are used every hour
  • 51. The 32,960 square foot Anchor Branch features: A great new book collection A 2,000 square foot TeenZone A 45-seat adult reading area 10,000 square foot Children’s Library & KidZone A state-of-the-art computer center bringing the total to 90+ computers in the entire building
  • 52. Features cont… 3 group study rooms A public program and community meeting area featuring 120 seats A vending area with table and chairs Expanded operating hours to include more nights and Sundays Ocean View Station Museum office and displays
  • 53. Children’s Library & KidZone Children’s Book Collection
  • 54. Playscape (For babies 0-3)
  • 55. Creative Cove Corner For Toddlers (ages 3-6)
  • 56. Play Area in KidZone Children’s Information Desk
  • 57. Children’s Computer Area
  • 58. Teen Zone
  • 59. Teen Zone Computer Area
  • 60. Teen Zone
  • 61. Teen Zone Lounge Area
  • 62. Meeting Spaces Conference Room (2nd Floor)
  • 63. Group Study Rooms
  • 64. Meeting Room 1 Meeting Room 2
  • 65. Meeting Rooms 1 & 2 Combined
  • 66. Computer Technology Center
  • 67. Book Collection
  • 68. Adult Reading Area
  • 69. Adult Reading Area
  • 70. Reading/Study Area
  • 71. Ocean View Station Museum
  • 72. Grand Opening Day at Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library
  • 73. Design Team for Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library NPL Director – Norman Maas; (757) 664-7339; norman.maas@norfolk.gov NPL Assistant Director – Sonal Rastogi; (757) 664-7328 ext. 309; sonal.rastogi@norfolk.gov NPL Automation – Randy Miller; (757) 664-7328 ext. 311; randy.miller@norfolk.gov NPL Collection Development Coordinator – Sean Bilby; (757) 664-7328 ext.352; sean.bilby@norfolk.gov NPL Childrens Coordinator – Terri Raymond; (757) 664-7328 ext. 347; terri.raymond@norfolk.gov NPL Family Place Librarian – Terry Wanser; (757) 664-7328 ext. 349; teresa.wanser@norfolk.gov Pretlow Anchor Branch Library Manager – Cynthia Seay; (757) 441-1750 ext. 344; cynthia.seay@norfolk.gov Pretlow Anchor Branch Library Assistant Manager – Cathy Thomann; (757) 441-1750 ext. 343; cathy.thomann@norfolk.gov Additional Planning Committee Members: Mickey-Ann Garcia, Yvonne Bradley and Olivia Osei-Sarfo
  • 74. Design Team for Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library cont… Contractor Sun Bay Contracting Inc. Interior Design George Mosley & Kurt Voigtsberger W. Ray Jennings Interior Design 4865 Haygood Road Ray Jennings 1723 Virginia Beach, VA 23455 Pope Avenue Norfolk, VA (757) 557-0100 23509 (757) 627- www.sunbaycontracting.com 7296 wrjid@verizon.net Lead Architect City of Norfolk Public Works The Design Collaborative John Keifer (Director) Edward Lazaron Sam Russo 230 N. Lynnhaven Road Sid Kitterman Chris Smith Virginia Beach, VA 23452-6917 (757) 340-4272 elazaron@designcollaborative.cc
  • 75. The Future of Norfolk’s Main Library
  • 76. Kirn Memorial Main Library Kirn Memorial Main Library was in operation for close to 50 years. This summer, the building will be taken down in order to build a transit station for the new Light Rail Transit coming to Norfolk.
  • 77. Main Library Timeline October 2007: City of Norfolk negotiates purchase of building, announces plans to partially renovate it for use as an interim main library October 2008: Mayor Paul Fraim announces that Frank Batten, Sr., long-time chairman of Landmark Communications, has committed a $20 million contribution to the construction of a new main library complex in downtown Norfolk October 2008: Norfolk Public Library Administrative Offices and Service Center opens at 1155 Pineridge Road, with 30,000 square feet that includes 12,000 square feet of office space and an 18,000 square foot warehouse January 2, 2009: Norfolk Main Library at 235 East Plume Street is partially opened for public use March 11, 2009: Norfolk Main Library is fully opened to the public
  • 78. Norfolk Main Library
  • 79. Book Collection
  • 80. Customer Service Desk
  • 81. Computer Technology Center
  • 82. Norfolk Main Library KidZone
  • 83. Periodicals and Reading Area
  • 84. Periodicals and Reading Area
  • 85. Sargeant Memorial Room ~ Historical & Genealogical Collection
  • 86. The Next Phase- Col. Samuel L. Slover Main Library Frank Batten Sr., long-time chairman of Landmark Communications, committed a $20 million contribution to the construction of the new main library. The new main library complex will be named in honor of Batten’s uncle, Colonel Samuel L. Slover, founder of Landmark Communications. The library will be called the Col. Samuel Slover Main Library The Col. Slover Main Library will be designed in the next 18-24 months with a two year construction period to follow. A venture the City of Norfolk and Norfolk Public Library are ecstatic to embark upon.
  • 87. Col. Samuel Slover Main Library cont… The City will erect a 60,000 sq. ft. building adjacent to the interim Norfolk Main Library (48,000 sq. ft.), and connecting the 2 buildings with a recessed glass atrium and courtyard. This will create the Slover Main Library. The Slover Main Library will total 108,000 square feet. By combining the square footage of the main library with the Administrative Offices & Service Center (30,000 sq. ft.), the total space increases to 138,000 square feet. This compares well to the 77,000 square feet of space that was in the former Kirn Memorial Library.
  • 88. Where Do We Go From Here? Continue to strengthen our ongoing relationship with customers Continue to listen to the needs of our customers and staff Continue to renovate branch libraries Complete design and construction of a new Main Library Begin planning for a South Anchor Branch Library Increase staff development opportunities Continue to strengthen the Library’s website and our use of computer technology tools Upgrade our Bookmobile Further develop the use of the Norfolk Public Library Administrative Offices & Service Center