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SKOLNICK was engaged to provide Interpretive Planning, Interior Architectural Design, and Exhibit and Graphic Design services for the renovation of the Jackie and Harold Spielman Children’s Library, at Port Washington Public Library, which serves children from birth to ‘tweens. With a “Tree of Knowledge” theme based on developmental principles in learning behavior, the upgrade is designed to better serves the youngest Port Washington residents and their families. The focal point of the design incorporates the over-arching tree motif and a vibrantly colored, leaf-inspired wayfinding system that assists young visitors in self-guided discovery and learning. Each leaf displays an appropriately inspirational word representing the theme of its area: “Play” (Early Childhood Area), “Imagine” (Story Corner for readings and presentations), “Think” (Quiet Study), “Create” (Maker’s Space/Workshop room), “Connect” (Learning Commons Media Area). The redesigned space, which incorporates multimedia elements and the latest in interactive technology, also includes a new Information Desk as well as inviting and comfortable seating opportunities throughout for leisurely reading and for parents and caregivers. The overall experience of the newly re-visioned Children’s Library is one of welcome, whimsy, discovery, and a celebration of the joy of learning.