Reading into the future
It was time for an update to this 1970s-era high school library, and the benefits extended beyond the students in this underserved district. We redesigned the library with new finishes, lighting, and furniture to create a university-like student union and media center for the school, with the new layout offering quiet, individual seating areas, small-group working tables, and private group-brainstorming rooms. The new facility brings the students and community well into the 21st century, with an integrated technology infrastructure to support desktop computers, Chromebooks, and interactive whiteboards and projectors. A large storage room became the new computer lab, which is open to the public as well as students, and functions as a learning and jobs center. And we didn’t forget the staff. We designed a dedicated staff-development room that facilitates professional events to help employees advance their careers, so everyone can get ahead.