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Blog about people-centered design by Lisa Chow and Sandra Sajonas.

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Wandering Librarian: Stonington Free Library

IMG_20150620_142252On a summer weekend road trip, I decided to visit the library in the historical and quaint seaside town of Stonington, CT. Located in the middle of the town’s park, the library is exactly what you would expect of a small town library. Packing an admirably large collection into a small space, the library carries all the basics that any library should; fiction, nonfiction, YA material, children’s material, CDs, DVDs, ebooks, etc. Additionally, the library houses the local historical & genealogy society. IMG_20150620_142355

Lacking space for a cafe that has become  integral to libraries today, Stonington has thoughtfully provided a coffee maker & charges $1/pod. With a quiet seating area for sipping your brew & reading, Stonington Free Library has successfully created a comfortable environment for patrons.


Sacramento Public Library: Central Library

library-picWhile on a trip to flee the East Coast storms, a visit to Sacramento included a stop at the Sacramento Central Library. The largest of Sacramento’s 28 libraries is a Carnegie building with a more recent attachment; resulting in a very spacious library. At the time, the Carnegie building was inaccessible except for the Sacramento Room housing all things Sacramento.

Greeted by the usual circulation desk, catalog computers and self check-out kiosks, navigating the rest of the main floor was difficult because of the lack of signage. There was no large floor plan to refer to. Instead, it took about 10 minutes of hunting down a library brochure located at the end of the circulation desk hidden by other brochures before I was able to find a floor plan.

I Street PressMap in hand, I continued my tour to the second floor and the impressive genealogy center where patrons can schedule one-on-one sessions with a genealogist. This floor also housed the GED and passport offices as well as the I Street Press. This is the library’s community publishing center which is also where the print-on-demand Espresso Book Machine is located. 

National  Geographic Magazines

Highlights of Visit:

  • Cleanest public restrooms ever
  • Collection of National Geographic Magazines
  • Allow to pay cash/coin to print
  • JAWS reader computer program for visually impaired
  • Friendly staff
  • Book club led by English professors
  • Patrons can see a 3D printer in action at the Arcade Library

deaf collection

Low lights of Visit:

  • Minimal signage on main floor
  • Was not able to find braille collection but did find a small “deaf collection” 
  • Was not able to tour the Carnegie building

Despite these minor low lights, the visit was enjoyable.  All in all, a very impressive library.