Schools are rethinking how they use learning spaces, and that includes not only classrooms, but learning commons spaces in school libraries.
At the Carver School library, students were playing an argument game. And it was loud, as they had fun. Student were assigned a topic and had to argue a point of view. If they created an argument that was effective, they got to make a basket through a hoop on a window sill.
Carver school library is a learning commons space. It is not like the school libraries of days gone by. It is a preview of what is to come.
The space features brightly colored walls, small group work spaces with contemporary furniture, rows of desktop computers and a game nook that is being transformed into a maker space. There are some books on the bookshelves, but much of the information is available digitally.
“It looks like we have gotten rid of so much but we have added so much they can access online, even at home,” said Melody Netzer, library media specialist at Carver. “We focused on getting them quality resources, as opposed to lots of resources.”
What will school libraries at Carver and surrounding schools in Springfield look like in the future?
“One of the first things I got to look at was how they were rethinking space in the libraries, creating more collaboration, using more mobile technology and moving the books around in different ways to create more of a hub kind of learning space,” said Springfield Superintendent John Jungmann. “We like what we’re seeing. There is good feedback around those things and we hope to expand that.”