Children's Area Renovations in Highlands and Charles Webb Wesconnett

UPDATE: You and your neighbors have been waiting for more than a year for the newly-renovated children's areas at Highlands Regional Library and Webb Wesconnett Regional Library to be completed. The wait is over! Be there Saturday, March 12 (Highlands) and Saturday, March 19 (Webb Wesconnett) to be the first to play, create, and read in these areas that you helped shape starting back in 2018.

#Grand Re-Opening Celebrations 

There will be ribbon cuttings at 11 a.m. followed by open houses (from 11:15 a.m. - 2 p.m.) with special guests like the Jaguar's Jaxson De Ville and a visit from the Jacksonville Zoo! If you only have a few minutes to spend, you can still check out fun drop-in activities, craft stations, and other ongoing activities that will set up throughout both spaces.

Highlands Regional Library
1826 Dunn Ave., Jacksonville, FL – 32218
Saturday, March 12 from 11 a.m. ⁠— 2 p.m.

Webb Wesconnett Regional Library
6887 103rd St., Jacksonville, FL – 32210
Saturday, March 19 from 11 a.m. ⁠— 2 p.m.

#Get a Sneak Peek

These projects were made possible, in part, by the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program which is administered by the Community Development Division. It is awarded annually through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to support neighborhood development. Additional funding sources include: the City of Jacksonville and the Library Capital Project which include fines and fees collected by Jacksonville Public Library.

Follow along with the progress here and feel free to send us your feedback and questions here.

#Charles Webb Wesconnett Regional Library

Webb library pre renovation
Charles Webb Wesconnett Regional Library before renovations begin in early March 2021.

#The Concept and Design for the Children's area at Charles Webb Wesconnett Regional Library

Checkout the conceptual plans for how the Children's area will be utilized. We envision a day in the life of this new space to include room for reading, growth, and interaction.

Concept rendering for Webb Library Children's area
Concept for Charles Webb Wesconnett Regional Library Children's area
Day in the life concept rendering of Children's area Webb Library
A day-in-the-life in activities at Charles Webb Wesconnett Regional Library Children's area
Rendering for the design approach to Children's area Webb Library
The approach we took to designing Charles Webb Wesconnett Regional Library Children's area
Rendering of finished Children's area Webb Library
The finished rendering of Charles Webb Wesconnett Regional Library Children's area

 

#Construction is Underway in the Children's Area at Charles Webb Wesconnett Regional Library

(gallery of images detailing progress)

  • Webb Library Children's area reno begins

    March 2021:  Construction begins to the Children's area of the Charles Webb Wesconnett Regional Library

  • Webb Library Children's area reno begins

    March 2021:  Construction begins to the Children's area of the Charles Webb Wesconnett Regional Library

  • Webb Library Children's area reno begins

    March 2021:  Construction begins to the Children's area of the Charles Webb Wesconnett Regional Library

  • Webb Library Children's area reno begins

    March 2021: Construction begins to the Children's area of the Charles Webb Wesconnett Regional Library

  • Webb Library Children's are renovations reno photo

    April 2021:  It's April and construction is in full swing at Charles Webb Wesconnett Regional Library as the Children's area is cleared out to make room for renovations.

  • Webb Library Children's are renovations reno photo

    April 2021:  It's April and construction is in full swing at Charles Webb Wesconnett Regional Library as the Children's area is cleared out to make room for renovations.

  • Webb Library Children's are renovations reno photo

    April 2021:  It's April and construction is in full swing at Charles Webb Wesconnett Regional Library as the Children's area is cleared out to make room for renovations.

  • Webb Wesconnett Regional Library Children's Area

    April 2021:  It's April and construction is in full swing at Charles Webb Wesconnett Regional Library as the Children's area is cleared out to make room for renovations.

  • Webb Wesconnett Regional Library Children's Area

    May 2021:  In May the spaces are cleared and made ready for renovations at Charles Webb Wesconnett Regional Library.

  • Webb Wesconnett Regional Library Children's Area

    May 2021:  In May the spaces are cleared and made ready for renovations at Charles Webb Wesconnett Regional Library.

  • Webb Wesconnett Regional Library Children's Area

    May 2021:  In May the spaces are cleared and made ready for renovations at Charles Webb Wesconnett Regional Library.

  • Webb Wesconnett Regional Library Children's Area

    May 2021:  In May the spaces are cleared and made ready for renovations at Charles Webb Wesconnett Regional Library.

  • Webb Wesconnett Regional Library Children's Area

    June 2021:  The framing of the Video Lab and Recording Studio is nearing completion. Things are getting exciting at Charles Webb Wesconnett Regional Library!

  • Webb Wesconnett Regional Library Children's Area

    June 2021:  The framing of the Video Lab and Recording Studio is nearing completion. Things are getting exciting at Charles Webb Wesconnett Regional Library!

  • Webb Wesconnett Regional Library Children's Area Restroom Pipes

    July 2021:  The piping for the bathrooms are nearing completion at Charles Webb Wesconnett Regional Library!

  • Webb Wesconnett Regional Library Children's Area Drywall

    July 2021:  Drywall being installed all throughout the Charles Webb Wesconnett Regional Library!

  • Webb Wesconnett Regional Library Children's Area Drywall

    August 2021:  Wall behind the Info Bar being finished up with drywall and the first layer of paint at the Charles Webb Wesconnett Regional Library!

  • Webb Wesconnett Regional Library Children's Area Restrooms

    August 2021:  Newly renovated restrooms at the Charles Webb Wesconnett Regional Library!

  • Webb Wesconnett Regional Library Children's Area Restrooms

    August 2021:  Newly renovated restrooms at the Charles Webb Wesconnett Regional Library!

  • Webb Wesconnett Regional Library Children's Area

    September 2021:  The Video Lab and Recording Studio has drywall and framing installed!

  • Webb Wesconnett Regional Library Children's Area

    September 2021:  New window framing in the Video Lab and Recording Studio!

  • Webb Wesconnett Regional Library Children's Area

    September 2021:  Wiring and electricity installation overhead in the Children's Area at Webb Wesconnett Regional Library!

  • Webb Wesconnett Regional Library Video Lab and Recording Studio

    October 2021:  First coats of paint painted onto the Video Lab and Recording Studio in the Children's Area at Webb Wesconnett Regional Library!

  • Webb Wesconnett Regional Library Video Lab and Recording Studio

    October 2021:  First coats of paint painted onto the Video Lab and Recording Studio in the Children's Area at Webb Wesconnett Regional Library!

  • Wall Cabinets Installed at the Webb Wesconnett Regional Library Children's Area

    October 2021:  Cabinet instillation is going great in the Children's Area at Webb Wesconnett Regional Library!

  • Wall Cabinets Installed at the Webb Wesconnett Regional Library Children's Area

    November 2021:  Cabinet instillation is continuing along at the Children's Area at Webb Wesconnett Regional Library!

  • Webb Wesconnett Regional Library toilet installation in the new children's department

    November 2021:  Restroom installation is just about finished up in the new Children's Area at Webb Wesconnett Regional Library!

  • Colorful carpeting being installed at Webb Wesconnett Regional Library

    December 2021:  Colorful carpeting being installed at Webb Wesconnett Regional Library!

  • Colorful carpeting being installed at Webb Wesconnett Regional Library

    December 2021:  Colorful carpeting being installed at Webb Wesconnett Regional Library!

  • Colorful cabinets and mirror installation

    January 2022: Cabinets have been installed and painted at Charles Webb Wesconnett Regional Library!

  • Shelving units and wall text painting

    January 2022: Shelving units have been painted and installed at Charles Webb Wesconnett Regional Library. Almost ready for some books to get stocked!

  • Red, orange, and blue colorful wall painting

    January 2022: Colorful and creative designs will fill the walls of the new Children's Area at Charles Webb Wesconnett Regional Library

#Highlands Regional Library

Highlands Regional Library Children's Area
Highlands Regional Library before renovations begin in early March 2021.

#The Concept and Design for the Children's area at Highlands Regional Library

Checkout the conceptual plans for how the Children's area will be utilized. We envision a day in the life of this new space for reading, growth, and interaction and what the space will look like.

Concept for Highlands Library Children's area renovations
Concept for the Highlands Regional Library Children's are renovations
day in the life rendering for children's area Highlands Library
A day in the life rendering for how the Children's area of Highlands Regional Library will be utilized
Scope of project rendering for Highlands Library Children's area
Scope of the Children's area renovations at Highlands Regional Library
Design approach rendering for Highlands Library Children's area
The approach to design for the Children's area at Highlands Regional Library
Rendering for the completed Children's area renovations at Highlands Regional Library

#Construction is Underway in the Children's Area at Highlands Regional Library

(gallery of images detailing progress)

  • Highlands Regional Library Children's area

    March 2021:  Construction is well underway at Highlands Regional Library Children's area

  • Highlands Regional Library Children's area

    March 2021:  Construction is well underway at Highlands Regional Library Children's area

  • Highlands Regional Library Children's area

    March 2021:  Construction is well underway at Highlands Regional Library Children's area

  • Highlands Regional Library Children's area

    March 2021:  Construction is well underway at Highlands Regional Library Children's area

  • Highlands Regional Library Children's area

    April 2021:  Stylized wall structures for the Early Literacy area in the Children's area of Highlands Regional Library go up.

  • Highlands Regional Library Children's area

    April 2021:  Stylized wall structures for the Early Literacy area in the Children's area of Highlands Regional Library go up.

  • Highlands Regional Library Children's area

    April 2021:  Framing for the Study Room walls go up at Highlands Regional Library.

  • Highlands Regional Library Children's area

    April 2021:  Discussion wall is prepped for buildout in the Children's area of Highlands Regional Library.

  • Highlands Regional Library Children's area

    May 2021:  Checkout the Cozy Nook and Discussion Wall taking shape at Highlands Regional Library

  • Highlands Regional Library Children's area

    May 2021:  Study Rooms begin to emerge at Highlands Regional Library

  • Highlands Regional Library Children's area

    May 2021:  Set up of the Roleplay stage begins at Highlands Regional Library Children's area

  • Highlands Regional Library Children's area

    May 2021:  Checkout the Stylized wall section for Early Literacy at Highlands Regional Library

  • Highlands Regional Library Children's area

    June 2021:  Window framing for the Discussion Wall is moving along at the Highlands Regional Library

  • Highlands Regional Library Children's area

    June 2021:  Window framing for the Discussion Wall is moving along at the Highlands Regional Library

  • Highlands Regional Library Children's Area Drywall Application

    July 2021:  Drywall being put up all throughout the new Children's Area at the Highlands Regional Library. This corner is the Role-Play Stage!

  • Highlands Regional Library Children's area Cozy Nook

    July 2021:  The Cozy Nook at the new Children's Area at the Highlands Regional Library is coming along quite nicely!

  • Highlands Regional Library Children's area

    August 2021:  Drywall and the first layer of paint going up around the Cozy Nook at the new Children's Area at the Highlands Regional Library is coming along quite nicely!

  • Highlands Regional Library Children's area

    August 2021:  Drywall and the first layer of paint going up around the Early Literacy area at the new Children's Area at the Highlands Regional Library is coming along quite nicely!

  • Highlands Regional Library Children's area

    September 2021:  Window framing and glass has been installed at the Highlands Regional Library children's area!

  • Highlands Regional Library Children's area

    September 2021:  Ceiling light fixtures installed overhead in the Highlands Regional Library children's area!

  • Highlands Regional Library Children's area

    September 2021:  Ceiling light fixtures installed overhead in the Highlands Regional Library children's area!

  • Wall cabinet installation in the Highlands Regional Library Children's area

    October 2021:  Wall cabinets being installed and painted in the Highlands Regional Library children's area!

  • Cabinets painted orange in the Highlands Regional Library Children's area

    October 2021:  Cabinets being installed and painted orange in the Highlands Regional Library children's area!

  • Ceiling installation at the Highlands Regional Library Children's area

    November 2021:  Ceiling installation finishing up in the Highlands Regional Library children's area!

  • Cabinets painted orange with table top installed in the Highlands Regional Library Children's area

    November 2021:  Countertops installed on the orange cabinets in the Highlands Regional Library children's area!

  • ​​​​​​​New carpet, shelving, and lighting installations in the Highlands Regional Library children's area

    December 2021: New carpet, shelving, and lighting installations in the Highlands Regional Library children's area

  • New carpet, shelving, and lighting installations in the Highlands Regional Library children's area

    December 2021: New carpet, shelving, and lighting installations in the Highlands Regional Library children's area

  • New carpet installation in the Highlands Regional Library children's area

    December 2021: New carpet installation in the Highlands Regional Library children's area

  • World map on the wall

    January 2022: Wall art featuring a map of the world in the Highlands Regional Library children's area.

  • Finished Cozy Nook seating area

    January 2022: The Cozy Nook is finished being painted at the Highlands Regional Library children's area.

  • Painted shelving units

    January 2022: Shelving units in the Highlands Regional Library children's area are finished being installed and painted. They're ready for some books!

  • Role-Play Stage in the corner of the Highlands Regional Library children's area

    January 2022: Role-Play Stage in the corner of the Highlands Regional Library children's area

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