A library revival consultancy
Libraries were established to be gateways for knowledge and culture, often opening doorways for those most in need, and with the fewest resources.
Libraries are having trouble modernizing. Many libraries are at a loss as to how they can modernize in a way that benefits their communities while staying within their ever slimming budgets.
Prelude Projects is a library revival consultancy created to work 1-on-1 with libraries in order to create the changes necessary to keep libraries open and busy. Whether the solution is a new program, new branding, or a totally new building; Prelude Projects works with the library and the community to find the best solution.
The Prelude Projects logo is the beginning of a conversation. The icon is a simplification of quotation marks, their rounded shapes inviting friendly discourse.
The colors for Prelude Projects were chosen according to color theory principles in order to convey a progressive, smart and friendly vibe. The main vibrant bluish-green was chosen to reflect the organization's ability to adapt and overcome challenges through creative and strategic thinking.
The two typefaces utilized in Prelude Projects branding are Georgia and Runda. The Georgia serif was chosen because it was one of the first typefaces designed for use on low-resolution screens. It was revolutionary at the time, creating a more accessible digital world. Runda was chosen to add a human and friendly element to balance out the intellectual feeling of Georgia.
This stencil typeface was designed for Prelude Projects' collateral and environmental signage. The rounded blocks are symbolic of building blocks of conversation- the letters have a gap, leaving room for new and innovative thoughts and ideas.
In 1990, the Mark Twain Branch Library was closed despite a large effort by the community to restore it, and keep it open. The branch was a major community center prior to the 90's - when the building was found to have asbestos it was shuttered for renovations. There was a large fundraising effort, and the community raised the funds necessary to restore the library, but the library was demolished anyway. Now that area of Detroit is bereft of a public library, the nearest one being 5 miles away - effectively making it inaccessible to those with few resources.
Rebuild the Mark Twain Branch. Prelude Projects will work closely with local organizations around Detroit in order to rebuild the Mark Twain Branch. The library will modernize by creating three levels of engagement. On the first floor will be large open spaces for community gatherings as well as traditional library stacks. The second floor will be dedicated to digital - comprised of computer banks and laptop stations. The third level will be a maker's space with tools such as 3D printers, scanners, woodworking tools ad other crafting supplies. There is also a greenhouse sky-bridge connecting both wings of the library - creating a green space to enjoy even in the dead of winter.
Costs offset by fundraising and partnerships with local organizations such as Brick + Beam, as well as Future City Detroit
Building designed to pay homage to Wirt C. Rowland's original structure while incorporating modern elements.
Green Roof to lower costs and follow the movement to make Detroit a green city.
3 stories - each dedicated to different types of engagement
A greenhouse sky-bridge; providing a warm green space even in winter.
The Logan County Public Library is the only library in Logan County, West Virginia. Not only is it the only library in town, but it also shares its space with the Logan County Middle School. Despite sharing its space with the middle school, the library does not have many after-school programs catering to middle or high schoolers. There is a serious drug problem happening across the country, but it is effecting the Appalachia region exponentially worse - implementation of after school programs is shown to reduce the risk of kids getting into risky business. Logan County, West Virginia is also a low income county, meaning many children do not have the necessary supplies to excel in school.
Create programs targeted towards middle and high school students. Prelude Projects decided on a two prong approach to reviving the Logan Public Library; the first part was to create a Library of Things. A Library of Things (LOT) is where public libraries rent out basic necessities such as backpacks and calculators to students who couldn’t necessarily afford them. By creating a LOT with minimal branding, kids can rent backpacks and calculators without feeling ashamed for needing to rent them. The second part of the revitalization effort is the creation of an after school coding program called Cypher. Cypher will be a self-sustaining coding program supported by tools such as Tynker - allowing one or two adults to start and maintain the program. Once kids pass through the program, they begin to mentor those just starting, giving them both real life job-skills as well as leadership opportunities.
A low income area means a more targeted and precise solution to raise attendance rates.
A Library of Things supplying backpacks and calculators.
A self-sustaining after school coding program.
The coding program, Cypher teaches employable skills and offers leadership opportunities.
The Atlanta Central Library is plauged by two separate problems. The first problem being the building - the Central Library is housed in one of Atlanta's few Brutalist style buildings. It is strong and stark, beautiful in it's own right, but thought of as an eyesore by many. Not only is the building unsightly, but there is very little signage on the building; if you drove past it you would not know it was a library. The second problem facing the Atlanta Central Library is that attendance rates are low because people associate it with the homeless people that often take refuge there during the day.
The first problem is solved by playing up the natural beauty of the architecture of the Central Library, using the Atlanta-Fulton county library branding to bring color and life to the previously gloomy walls. Pops of blue are painted onto the unique structural elements of the existing building to make it more recognizable and iconic. Prelude Projects also played to the building's strengths by creating bold and eye-catching signage advertising that the building is, in fact, a library. The second problem facing the Atlanta Central Library was solved through a strategic partnership with Georgia State University. The partnership is called Finch; Grad students in the GSU Social Work program will work inside of the Atlanta Central Library. By putting social workers directly into the library they can help homeless and underprivileged people find and access services and programs that they might not have found another way.
Moderate interest in saving the Atlanta Central Library.
Championed mostly by special interest groups
Highlight unique Brutalist architecture within Atlanta Library existing branding
Incorporate visible signage
A partnership with Atlanta Central and Georgia State University
The social outreach program called Finch