Zoning in on Children’s Spaces: Engaging Your Youngest Visitors

October 17, 2012

In this Demco-sponsored webcast, Kimberly Bolan Cullin, Principal Consultant from Kimberly Bolan & Associates joins Demco’s Director of Library Markets, Janet Nelson to discuss how librarians can better develop their children’s spaces to meet the diverse needs of each age range.

Over the past 10 years, planning and designing children’s libraries has changed. Children’s areas in libraries are no longer just warehouses of books, instead they are interactive and engaging places for ages 0 through 12 and their parents. Today’s successful children’s libraries focus on both reading and technology literacy, space for pre–schoolers, young school–aged children, pre–teens, and caregivers. This workshop focuses on best practices for 21st century children’s space planning and design including youth and caregiver involvement, new planning tools, zoning space, creating interactive space, merchandising, and other general design considerations.

Learn how to:

  1. Use best practices and tools to design your children’s space
  2. Zone a children’s space to improve functionality and increase traffic
  3. Understand successful approaches other’s have taken in designing children’s areas
  4. Integrate traditional materials and new technologies into your planning
Children's Spaces


[do action=”icon_pdf”/]Presentation Slides

[do action=”icon_pdf”/]Q&A Log

[do action=”icon_pdf”/]Preteen Space Plan

[do action=”icon_pdf”/]Youth Space Plan

[do action=”icon_pdf”/]Early Literacy Space Plan

[do action=”icon_pdf”/]Picture Book Summary

[do action=”icon_excel”/]Collection Turnover Worksheet


Kim Bolan Cullin

Kim Bolan Cullin

Principal Consultant at Kimberly Bolan & Associates
Kimberly Bolan Cullin is an experienced librarian, consultant, designer and author with a broad background in libraries. She is the president and principal consultant of Kimberly Bolan & Associates, LLC (KBA), a library planning and design firm based outside of Indianapolis, IN. KBA has worked with hundreds of public, school and academic libraries across the United States and abroad, specializing in facilities and space planning and design, 21st century library services, and new approaches to strategic planning and marketing for libraries. KBA's clients range from small, rural libraries to large urban facilities and everything in between.


Janet Nelson

Janet Nelson

Janet is the former Director of Library Engagement and Solutions at Demco. She managed and developed relationships with key industry leaders to understand changing library trends and services.