Mercer Island Library Learning Garden
Mercer Island, WA 2012
Partners: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters “Taste of Community” program, King County Library System
How do we connect learning and nature, inside and outside, young and old at a library? That’s the question community leaders and the Mercer Island Library asked as we entered into this project. The community wanted an invigorating space that parents and kids could explore together to enhance their library experience, expanding it to the outdoor spaces.
Built in only four days, with the help of local volunteers, the Mercer Island Library Early Learning Garden inspires discovery and curiosity, uses sustainable materials, connects the library to surrounding spaces, and is accessible for all patrons.
Through the use of all different sorts of materials–rebar, concrete tiles, clay, dogwood twigs, painted banners, cedar, hazelnut shells, and rock–the garden supports various learning styles through sensory exploration, intimate reading spaces, and a gathering space for storytelling, programs, and the enjoyment of nature.
Photo Credit: Tim Matsui