Our new shelving was another opportunity to change the layout of the library to meet the emerging needs of the school community. We have incorporated study areas, a reading area and a class multipurpose area.
The feedback from staff and students has been very positive. Also positive is the increase in student browsing in the fiction area.
We have had some really positive feedback about the Library layout. A retired teacher returning to our school for TRT work commented "It looks so bright and cheery in here - really engaging".
This week have a new addition to the library, a display stand. Students designed the new layout to include this new addition to the library.
First impressions were very positive. One student this morning stopped in her tracks saying, "I love the setup. This looks amazing!"
The entry to the library has been a turnstile (like those seen in supermarkets years ago). So for many years the traffic would bottleneck allowing only one student at a time to pass. It has now been replaced with a security gate, enabling students and staff to just walk right in enjoy the library.
An offer of shelving from another school was an ideal opportunity for us to investigate the ways moving the fiction collection might increase student borrowing and change the use of the library space. A couch and chair was found unused in the school, and we were able to create a reading area.
Feedback from students was swift and very positive. Students went out of their way to speak to Library staff about their enjoyment of the new space. There has already been greater use of the magazines and fiction.
cost of staying where you are is greater than the cost of risking change