This week, the Community Book Center will celebrate the completion of its new interior design/build in partnership with the Tulane City Center. The event will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, at the Community Book Center (2523 Bayou Road).
This year, the Albert Jr. & Tina Small City Center at Tulane School of Architecture (TSA), has worked with the Community Book Center to design and build a new interior for the store. A class of fourteen students, led by TSA Faculty and Tulane City Center staff member Emilie Taylor Welty, completely overhauled the store over the course of seventeen weeks. Their goal was to create a space that reflected the Community Book Center’s identity as an African-American centered educational and cultural home, while adapting to be more accessible for new families and visitors coming to this rapidly changing neighborhood.
The Community Book Center has served as a local gathering place, multipurpose venue, performance space, and boutique for more than thirty years. With a focus on books written by and about the African Diaspora and a deep commitment to providing culturally competent resources for educators, students, and families, the Community Book Center is a valuable part of New Orleans’ literary landscape.