Monday, April 10, 2017

Re-imagining Space

Peter White Public Library is in the process of re-imagining the library building’s spaces nearly twenty years after the previous expansion and renovation project which began in 1998. The growth in public usage, need for updated technology, and the shortage of meeting room space has created an opportunity to imagine the possibilities for Marquette’s library of tomorrow. Input from the recent public focus groups and the online patron survey help to sharpen our sites on the exciting changes in store.
Just as the library is working with Kim Bollan & Associates to assist us with the space-planning process, some of the newest nonfiction books at the library will inspire and guide you to re-imagine your own personal space, no matter what the size. Find these items on the ‘New Books’ shelves on the main floor of the library under the call numbers indicated.
Prefabulous Small Houses by Sheri Koones is the minimalists’ dream idea book. Published by Taunton press in 2016 with a foreword by Robert Redford, the book’s 200+ pages are filled with stylish examples of quality tiny homes that have low environmental impact and are stunningly simple. From boat houses to beach houses, woodsy cabins to urban chic, these small spaces are huge on appeal. 728KO
On the other extreme of the housing spectrum, All the President’s Gardens by garden historian Marta McDowell, delves into the changes in the eighteen acres of the nation’s White House gardens and the influence on their design by our nation’s presidents from George Washington and his passion for trees through the Obama kitchen garden to promote healthy eating. All these changes were designed and cared for by the foremen who oversaw the White House grounds. Published in 2016, this book is a fascinating look into American history and garden trends since 1800. 635.0975MC
No money for adding on a room or total reconstruction? Take a look at your interiors through the eyes of Vern Yip, television home design expert and author of Vern Yip’s Design Wise, published in 2016. Yip approaches interior design through the lens of comfortable human dimensions, offering hard numbers on how to rearrange your seating, tables, appliances, utilities, etc. for comfort and practicality. The book is full of stunning photographs of stylish spaces with an Asian esthetic that are designed for everyday family living inside and outside. 747 YI
Making your new space happen requires some elbow grease. Readers handy with tools will enjoy Good Clean Fun by actor, comedian and writer Nick Offerman. A hobby woodworker, Offerman provides a tongue in cheek look at how his projects have worked, his views on the world of fine craftsmanship as well as to introduce readers to some of his quirky woodworking buddies. A fun read that will also teach you a thing or two. 648.08 OF
For those feeling suffering from cabin fever, Dream Treehouses by will help you release your inner adventurer. Written by four French designers, this book is a showcase of imaginative outdoor getaways around the world set well above ground with gorgeous vistas. Beautifully crafted, these treehouses become unique and beautifully crafted spaces to get away from it all. 728.9 LA
Now that spring has sprung, Botanical Style by Selina Lake will inspire you to bring a bit of the outdoors into your personal spaces. Well illustrated from cover to cover, this book features decorating tips using botanical art prints and fabrics, naturalistic floral arrangements and creative ideas on using indoor plants to help you transform your space into an indoor paradise. 747.98 LA
Happy spring!   
--Margaret Boyle, Circulation Services

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