The Mineola UFSD approached H2M with the idea of creating a new, state-of-the-art library addition suited to the Pre-K through second grade students attending its Hampton Street Elementary School. The new building addition is a modern approach to library science, with an integrated library/media center. It features a Wi-Fi network throughout, allowing students to work from laptops or iPads at any workstation or table.
Specifically designed for small children, the space incorporates cheerful colors, small furniture, and expansive windows to allow natural light to flood the space. Many of the windows are very low, allowing children to sit at a window seat and have views of the exterior. There is a storytelling area with soft seating, as well as an alphabet sculpture hanging from the ceiling reminding children that “Reading is fun.” The library accommodates 10,000 volumes, can provide seating for two classes at the same time, and sports many green features, including an energy-efficient building envelope, daylight harvesting, and environmentally-friendly finishes such as linoleum flooring and carpet woven from recycled material.