Thursday, April 27, 2017

Library Transformation in Progress: Durant Road Middle School

When Amy Myers, library media coordinator, took the job at Durant Road Middle School this year, it wasn't a new library media center to her. She had worked there years before and felt that it was a homecoming, a return to a place she liked and a place in which she saw great potential. Inheriting a historically strong library media program, Amy was ready to infuse her own personality and vision.

Taking a look at the photos from Durant Road Middle, it is clear that a lot has been happening in the past months to begin the transformation. From colorful displays to a therapy dog program to new pieces of furniture, the library media program and the space have begun to take on new life. (We're particularly excited about the removal of the old security gates--hello, accessibility!) However, the work is not done yet. As a recipient of the Active Learning Spaces funding, Durant Road Middle looks to incorporate more changes in the year ahead to increase creative outlets for students and to design a vibrant space that is both welcoming and facilitative of the type of learning activities that allow flexibility to meet students' needs.

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