Well the time is finally here, after what has seemed a long and very exciting time, J. P. Jay Associates has installed the furniture for the new North Pocono Public Library in Moscow PA. I am particularly excited about this project. I have worked with Susan Jeffery (director) and her staff to create a library that screams of Pennsyvlania’s Poconos with a design flair. Upon entering the library the patrons will be greeted by a beautiful Lisbon Bench by TMC furniture (out of Ann Arbor Michigan, with cutouts and inlays of laminate.
As you proceed further into the library you are greeted by the two toned raised panel custom circulation desk by TMC furniture. To the right of the circulation desk, is the two toned panel business center.
If you look to the left you will see in the corner the artistic creativity of Rachel Slick who is the artist behind the reading tree that sits there. In the kids room we used M.J. Industries System 30 shelving with wood endpanels and High pressure laminate tops with wood edge by TMC. This is accompanied by TMC furniture Algonquin Tables and chairs by Community seating. The wood color selected for this area is TMC Light Oak and the Community chairs are stained Emerald.
To the back corner behind the business center is the teen area that is sure to impress with the use of custom tile end panels from Arley tile and built by TMC. The tables in the area are the TMC Yuma table with Community seating.
As we go further right into the adult area, it is such a wonder to behold. You will see the raised paneling endpanels on the M J Industries system 30 shelving. The color in this area is primarily TMC Tuscany 18. The tables are mission style and slatted round with custom wood covered café tables creating the feel of contemporary rustic. The seating is by Jasper Chair.
To give this library the rustic woodsie feel that the library wanted to achieve we went with oak as the wood species. It was suggested that oak be used because it has more of a grain to it than maple and also takes stain better than maple. Why is that important? Well in the past when dark staining maple I have had to have furniture toned because maple takes stain funny and will sometimes stripe with dark stains. Also the cathedral in the oak gives to the ombiance the library was trying to get.
I really want to give credit to Susan and the staff of North Pocono Public Library. They did the color selecting on their own and picked their finishes. As you can see the end result is outstanding. I would also like to give credit to Tom Horlacher (the architect on this project) as well as Joe Discipio ( the owners representative) as they were a pleasure to work with and between the 4 parties involved I believe the look desired by the North Pocono staff was achieved.
It is always my hope that when working with a library staff as great as North Pocono they are as pleased with my work as I am with working with them. I always feel they can share their story better than I ever will be able to. Please read below in Susan Jeffery’s own words her experience working with with J. P. Jay Associates.