When the Queens Public Library set about planning a brand new children’s experience in their 14,000 square foot space on Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica Queens, they turned to Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership and Dimensional Communications to realize their vision.
The brand-new Discovery Center wows families with engaging exhibits and eye-popping, kid-friendly design-plus, of course, an impressive selection of books and other resources. The spacious center is drenched in sunlight and bright colors and is the first children’s library in the country to offer visitors a hybrid museum-library experience combining a conventional reading environment with interactive museum exhibits.
Welcoming kids as they enter through the Discovery portal is a whimsical, sprawling floor map of Queens neighborhoods, several of which trigger sounds projected from ceiling mounted micro speakers – like the cheer of fans at a Mets game or the sound of jets at La Guardia Airport. Kids can continue their learning experience by following various color paths to their preferred subject areas to uncover more exciting resources.
Open year round, the Children’s Discovery Center enables kids to continue to expand their minds, regardless of the season. Dimensional Communications is proud to have played a leading role in bringing the vision of the Queens Library and the whimsical designs of Lee H. Skolnick to life.