Our school library serves the reading, learning, information, and technology needs of our entire school: grades 9, 10, 11, 12 (1,826 students; 140 teachers). We are an urban school near a high-tech business area and multiple universities.
Our students are diverse: many come from low socio-economic backgrounds, and some are affluent; some move directly into employment, but many will attend college; and reading abilities vary from reluctant or struggling to advanced.
We have large academically gifted populations, as well as large EC and ESL populations.
Our school library works to support various students’ learning styles and teachers’ instructional preferences by creating diverse and accessible spaces for learning: whole class instruction, small group collaborative study, individual reading for enjoyment.
We are transforming our School Library into a Learning Commons. The Learning Commons fosters a collaborative approach to learning by integrating books, technology, and support into a comfortable and accessible space in order to provide students and teachers with a flexible environment for instruction, interaction, and inspiration.
One of the primary characteristics of a Learning Commons Library is flexibility, and our students need the materials listed in this project to create flexibility.
Being able to easily and frequently move bookshelves from one location to another is essential to accommodate the diverse needs of our learning community. New arrangements for promoting reading, making room for whole class instruction and community events, separating spaces for small group work, and improving visibility are just some of the benefits that come with having movable bookshelves.
Our current bookshelves are very heavy and next to impossible to move. The next logical step in moving us to a Library Learning Commons is to add wheels to the bottom of our current bookshelf units (new bookshelves are 10 times the cost of adding wheels to current bookshelves).
This is the final phase of making our bookshelves mobile (4th build). Our Engineering Maker Club and Library student volunteers are now building framing with wheels into our bookshelves to provide flexibility to half of our Library. Our students want to be able to finish the job for the rest of our spaces for which they will need the caster wheels listed in this DonorsChoose project. Students will work with various hand and power tools, calculate measurements, create sketches, and apply their engineering skills! Our student and staff volunteers are ready to do the assembly work once receiving parts. Please pass the word, and thank you for helping our students!
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