Sylvan Grove Public Library

The Sylvan Grove Library was one of the projects of the Downtown Design Assistance Program. The architecture and interior design plans are shown below.

The Sylvan Grove Public Library was one of eight summer projects that were part of the Downtown Design Assistance Program. The goal of the program is to work with property owners and develop plans to improve their exterior and/or interior spaces. The proposed improvements for the Sylvan Grove Public Library are shown below.

Sylvan Grove Public Library – 2018 Downtown Design Assistance Program Project

The Sylvan Grove Public Library packs a lot of services and activities within a tiny space that is regularly overflowing with kids and parents.  While the librarian, Ramie Schulteis, describes the atmosphere as a joyful chaos, everyone recognizes the library is in desperate need of more space.  The library plans to almost triple their space by converting adjacent garage space and expanding into that area. Working with the librarian, board members, and city staff, the interns were able to analyze the issues and ideas to develop a conceptual plan for improvements.

The proposed exterior improvements include:

  • Installing a new storefront and ADA accessible entrance in place of the existing garage door
  • Installing a new awning across the building to improve its appearance
  • Installing new signage for both the library and city hall

The proposed top-to-bottom remodel of the interior include:

  • Renovating bathrooms to make them ADA accessible
  • Adding new flooring, furniture and fixtures
  • Installing new storage and shelving units
  • Installing stadium seating for a kid-friendly area to view presentations and movies
  • Installing a craft sink and cabinets for improved storage

The library has received grant funding from the Central Kansas Library System, Post Rock Community Foundation and the Dane G. Hansen Foundation to help fund the improvements.

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