The outdoor terrace cafe will also include a deck lounging area that overlooks the Saugatuck River, as well as an updated, expanded gourmet food menu.
The new children's library will be located on the second floor and will contain books, activities and toys for children and families. The floor to ceiling windows, family lounge area and first-ever family bathroom are just some of the newest creative additions to the library.
The children's library interlaces its unique green jungle theme as well as the Westport Library's theme of circles in their "dot dot dot" logo, that can be seen throughout the whole renovation. The acoustic tiling paneling, shown here, is also recurrent throughout the whole library to help preserve sound.
The individual study rooms are located just off the main floor in a more quieter section of the library. Students and the public can schedule to book a room on the Westport Library website in advance.
“I think we got a vision unlike any other of really transforming the space so that it becomes the focal point of the community and creating opportunities to bring in different groups of people,” four-year executive director of the “Transformation Project” Bill Harmer said.
The architecture of the new library has been tweaked and upgraded for a more sleek and modern look. The designs of the wooden bookshelves the red color scheme that help connect the whole library are based off of architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Falling Waters” project, according to the Westport Library’s director of strategic community partnerships Jennifer Bangser. Complete with floor to ceiling windows that draw in more natural light during the day, the library has emphasized the advantage of using the views of the Saugatuck River and surrounding environment.
“So on a Friday or Saturday night, you can come to see something you could go to New York to see,” Harmer said. “Anything from stand up comedy, hot shot film makers, putting on movies, video gaming tournament, inviting a DJ over or even rock concerts.”