Friday, March 20, 2009

Good ideas for school libraries: 10. Be inspired...

Last year, at a teacher librarian conference, I saw a picture of a school library in New York, one of those created with funds from the Robin Hood Foundation.  To make positive change in poverty-stricken areas, and for one of their programs specifically in schools, they worked out that a school library may be 5% of a school's space, but making this an exciting space can impact 100% of students.
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Our purple wordcloud wall, blogged a few days ago, was inspired by that picture I saw at the conference.  I've blogged about the wall, and provided in those entries links to the original work.
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There are some remarkable new Robin Hood-funded school library renovations: read about them here, and see pictures here.  I particularly love the natural-history-alphabet one.
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These are renovations designed by architects and artists and designers using what they describe as modest budgets.  To me, these are full of ideas to inspire, adapt, rework to be a part of my school library.  A primary school library, for example, could have a lot of fun with an 'alphabet letter of the week and artefacts that start with this letter' idea.  So what you need is a mind open to see what's possible, and how these ideas can inspire you.
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The New York Times has the full article by Randy Kennedy, and a slideshow and more pictures, here.

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Image source.

2 comments:

The Librain said...

I love these designs, but am also particularly interested in the words at the top of the shelving bays. They look far more interesting than the usual Dewey subjects and numbers. Any idea what they all are?

Ms B. said...

All I know is what I've learned from the pictures and articles shown/weblinked in the blog entry. The closerup pic of the natural history alphabet mentions Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky, so maybe it's not Dewey at all?