Conference Room 7
Crafting Values: How to Build a Library for Today--and Tomorrow
Presenters: Jim Childress, FAIA, Centerbrook Architects; Micaela Porta, New Canaan Library
Craft: To make with care, skill, ingenuity. Values: Define what is important in our lives. Building a library requires combined talent, skill, and vision. For our team--librarians, community members, trustees, designers, builders--crafting values meant creating a place that fosters purpose, social connection, and inclusion, and making and appointing it in a way that will work today and for the next hundred years. Each decision was connected to the guiding values of our project and professions: craft, lifelong learning, community, inclusion, sustainability. This is the story of how these principles are made manifest in an exciting new library.