The integration of Hanson’s public library with a senior center was intended to reinforce the role of the library as a social focus for the town. The 12,800-square foot new building includes a meeting room, a historical documents room, comfortable reading areas, and a children’s reading room. The library rooms, conceived as a traditional series of articulated spaces where the visitor is enveloped by books, achieve an informal character through their modern detailing. The octagonal children’s room isolates noise and activity from the main reading areas and creates an intimate space for story hour and craft activities.
Program: Lobby, book stacks and reading areas, children’s library, audio-visual room, community rooms, senior center, historical collections room.