(Pocono Pines) Interior Architecture students from Marywood University in Scranton are lending a helping hand to the Clymer Library by offering their vision on renovating existing space and possibly adding on to the library in Pocono Pines.
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“The Board of Trustees had been brainstorming for quite some time on how to best utilize our space and the possibility of an expansion to the library,” says Board of Trustees President Frank Cacchione. “After talking things over, we thought it might be a great idea to contact an area university to see if they’d be interested in partnering with us. We never imagined how fantastic their ideas would turn out to be,” Cacchione adds.
A total of 20 students from Marywood visited the library in January to meet Library Director Laura Laspee and members of the library’s board. The students toured the building and learned of its rich history in the community since 1902. The building that houses today’s library was once the Tobyhanna Township Fire Company. Many of the students used the fire company theme in their preliminary renderings of the library’s possible renovation and expansion, focusing on the library’s Savvy Seniors’, Kids’, and Teen’s areas, as well as the possibility of adding a coffee shop.
“The students are being graded on this project, and you can really tell they put their hearts and souls into it,” says Laspee, who has visited the students at Marywood and plans to go again in a few weeks as the students prepare to bring their ideas to life on paper. “We were looking for some fresh ideas, but we also wanted to stay faithful to the unique spirit our library has in our community. It wasn’t an easy task, but somehow the students pulled it off. We’re so looking forward to this next stage, where we can really see what the designs look like,” she adds.
The library will host a reception for the students, scheduled for Saturday, May 2 from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m., at the library. The public is warmly invited, and will have a chance to meet the students and view the designs, which will be displayed on easels throughout the library.