Cherry Lane Elementary School

Carle Place, New York

Over the years, classrooms at Cherry Lane Elementary School had been converted for library use. The time had come for these spaces to revert to classrooms.

The school added a new library to the building. The program included book stacks, spaces for small-group instruction and group reading/performance, and a “tract” center for ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$344.00CITATIONGold CitationFEATURED IN2008 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers materials.

The base construction for the addition is steel frame with masonry wall infill. Exterior materials were selected to give the addition a vocabulary of its own without divorcing it from the parent structure. Multiple sound, video projection and computer systems were required for incorporating technology into the library curriculum.

Color and geometric shapes abound throughout the design to appeal to children. On the interior, the carousel theme dictates the organization of spaces and establishes the curved exterior wall. Artist Scott Gustafson donated use of his images from the book Classic Fairy Tales for use in the library, tying together the joint themes of the carousel and childrens’ literature.


“A place to dream a little—this space connects with children. Exceptional color tones.”--2008 jury