August 20, 2017

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A Is for Aspirational: Library Design for Developing Ambitions | Editorial

The striking design of the Parsons Branch of the Columbus (OH) Metropolitan Library suggests that this is a place where people of any age can thrive.

This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Design Thinking, and a Library Update, With Third Graders

An elementary school librarian and her students reconceive their library to make it more conducive to Project Based Learning.

Pictures of the Week | A Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for a State-of-the-Art School and Library

A new stunning, cutting-edge facility and library opens for a public high school in New York City.

Meet the Recipients of the 2015 SLJ Build Something Bold Award

Read about the winner, first runner-up, and editor’s choice for SLJ’s 2015 Build Something Bold Award, honoring creativity in school library programming that incorporates hands-on learning led by the librarian or media specialist.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

NBA’s Pistons Give Detroit High School Library a Makeover

A Detroit high school has scored a slam dunk—a renovation of its school library—by winning the Detroit Pistons’ “Reading Room Makeover” for 2015–16. More than 30 Michigan schools from 24 cities applied for the makeover, which supplies new carpeting, paint, and furniture.

Where Families Play: Dynamic Early Learning Spaces

These innovative public library destinations for young children and their caregivers are places for reading, romping, and learning.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Applications Close April 30 for SLJ Build Something Bold Award

The award honors creativity in school library programming and lesson plans that incorporate hands-on learning.

DIY Library Bulletin Boards: Tips, Resources, and Ideas

Do-it-yourself maven Melissa Techman says that bulletin boards can be important communication opportunities in your library. The K–5 librarian offers tips to keep it cheap and chic, and guidance on how to align bulletin boards with inspiring and informative instructional activities.

SLJ and LEGO Education Announce the Winner of the Build Something Bold Library Design Award

The winner of the inaugural 2014 SLJ and LEGO Education Build Something Bold Library Design Award is Walnut Grove Elementary School library, in Madison County, AL. Led by librarian Holly Whitt, Walnut Grove’s library features a “digital diner” with tabletop “jukeboxes” of technology.

Before you renovate: check out Anne Weaver’s Potter Library renovation journey

Among the inspiring sessions I attended at EduTECH, was Anne Weaver’s session on Designing the Contemporary Library. I had the opportunity to visit the Potter Library, attend a staff meeting, and watch the action on Destination Day. (Students and staff dressed in outfits representing where they’d most like to be, and so Anne greeted me […]

School Library Redesigns are Advocacy Opportunities | Project Advocacy

The recent surge of interest in reconfiguring school library spaces offers tremendous opportunity to spotlight the potential of school libraries.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.