Community Visioning Exercise for the New Southwest Library

Community Visioning Exercise for the New Southwest Library

From July 11, 2017 Community Meeting

It’s the Grand Opening of the new Southwest Neighborhood Library. You are waiting to go inside....Describe how you feel upon entering your new Library for the first time.

Like the library is an extension of the community.

Welcoming for all populations. Easy transition from the street

Proud to be a Ward 6 and DC resident. Excited to see students and adults getting access to computers and resources they don’t have at home

Intrigued. Interested in discovering new spaces

Sanctuary. Peaceful. Respite. Welcomed as a member of my community and library and representative of my community

Excited, curious. Want to aesthetic and functional novelty

Energetic. Comfortable. Happy. Joyful

Excited. Impressed. Unbounded. Unconfined.

Excited. Surprised. Calm. Engaged.

Calm. I feel like it’s a good spot to bring work or study. Encouraged. Safe.

Boundless. Bright. Comfortable. Unconfined. Overwhelmed with new possibilities.

I would like my library to feel like my reading room. Like a room (living room) which is contemplative and conducive to learning and reading.

Welcoming, warm. Promoting curious learning

A quiet place dedicated to reading, study

Excited. Clear and Easy.

Exhilarated. Anticipatory. Welcomed. Connected

Comfortable and at ease.

I want to feel I can concentrate and not be distracted by irrelevant sounds, sights.
Invigorated by the bright, natural light, open space and connections to nature. Interested by the opportunities for kids to explore, play and learn.

Amazed that even with so many people, the acoustics keep the library quiet. Proud that the library reflects the architectural and other heritage of SW – recognition of the history of our community and famous people who lived here.

Excited to browse through bookshelves and curl up with something new and unexpected.

Welcoming. Where you don’t feel lost, but feel that you can accomplish your mission.

Excited. Expect this is a space I could use and excited to visit.

Clean, familiar. Open. A place like Apple Store. Genius Table.

I hope that the space is open and inviting to children, teens and adults.

Still alive and not exhausted from the process of building it.

Distill your first impressions into one word.

























Now, let’s agree on 4 words that best encapsulate these ideas:

What other hopes do you have for the design of the new Southwest Library?

-Meeting rooms of different sizes
-Tutoring rooms
-Space for hosting events like book clubs
-Rooms for training
-Common work space a la We Work or Start Up Space
-White boards
-Place for meetings – classes, etc. with visual aid equipment, show movies, etc.
-Study rooms with tables
-Acoustically appropriate meeting rooms
-The present library meeting room -- the acoustics are horrid. Additionally, the projectors and sound system are insulting. Hopefully, the new library will not disregard these important issues.
-More meeting spaces
-Personal and 2-person study spaces
-Cubicle seating with views to the outdoors
-Take a look at Sanibel Island Public Library
-Library should embrace, have areas for children, adults and teens
-Privacy for books on hold
-Summer Reading programs
-Partnerships with Arena Stage and The Nationals
-More lectures for adults
-Have programs to engage customers experiencing homelessness with a space for consultations
-Educational events, not sports
-Adult literacy
-Maker space (memory lab, electronics)
-Maker Space
-Recording studio space (podcasts/spoken voice)
-As a serious lexophile, books are extremely important. Yet, I would like to comment on the projection of film and video, as well as the transmission of sound and music. I am thinking not only presentations for the general public, but where artists can talk shop with other artists.
-Programs for seniors, esp. on how to use technology
-Computer lab with specialized software
-Programs for kids to learn about technology
-Fitness classes – Zumba and yoga
-Good periodical section
-More outlets and better WiFi
-Informal areas for adults i.e., benches to have small conversations
-Books to browse
-Be sure to have plenty of stacks – not everyone likes to place holds
-Computer space (for work and fun)