New Pinney Library warm, welcoming, promotes literacy through play

MADISON —  Dreaming of a 21st century library is one matter. Making it a reality is quite another.

The engaged and excited Pinney Library community has been a critical collaborator as OPN has worked with the Madison Public Library to transform one of its busiest branches.

Feedback from multiple community meetings resulted in a library that is warm, welcoming, and will promote literacy through play. The inclusive design uses natural materials and light to create an immediate sense of warmth and connect with many cultures represented by Pinney’s diverse neighbors.  The 20,500 square-foot space will include a patio, study rooms, a creator space, and expanded adult, young adult and children’s collections. Plans also include a PlayLab. This flexible space will allow children to create their own story and environment, incorporating  elements of the educational philosophy AnjiPlay, according to The Cap Times. 

The new branch, located at Royster Commons, will also include 16,000 square feet of commercial and residential space. Construction is planned from February to October 2019.

Pinney Public Library from OPN Architects on Vimeo.