Designing a Public Library for Social Distancing 

In this episode of the Open Book Webcast, Stephen Gower, Demco’s Lead Interior Designer, joins Jackie Flavin to share examples of public library spaces designed for social distancing.

Learn how important safety measures and Centers for Disease Control guidelines can be applied to each area of the library and how you can keep staff and patrons safe while still creating engaging library spaces. Stephen also shares design ideas for your circulation desk area, displays, children’s and teen areas, individual workspaces, lounge spaces, and small-group collaboration spaces.

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Liz Bowie

Liz Bowie

Marketing Content Manager at Demco, Inc.
Liz is the Marketing Content Manager for Demco. Her background includes editorial management and product development of innovative and time-saving tools for schools and libraries, with an emphasis on Common Core, literacy and math. The products she and her team have developed, including classroom games, learning centers and professional development resources, have garnered 46 industry awards for excellence in education. Liz is passionate about promoting literacy through her work and the work of others. If you are interested in sharing your ideas and programming tips on Demco’s Ideas and Inspiration blog or have ideas for topics you’d like to see covered, contact Liz at