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6/29/16

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Inspiring Creativity with Design and Space

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"This program is something I’ve been thinking about and dreaming about for a long, long time,” said Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) President Andrew Medlar at the outset of “Libraries: The Space to Be” at the 2016 Annual Conference and Exhibition on Monday.

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Brian Lee, design partner at Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill, showed how space, light, and other design principles converge to create a community hub at the newly constructed Chinatown branch of the Chicago Public Library. “We had to pay attention to the culture of the neighborhood,” said Lee, whose firm enlisted a feng shui master for construction concepts. He remarked, “Children have no problem at all figuring out how [the space] should be used.”

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