Transitioning from elementary to middle school is exciting and scary. I walked into the "reading room" yesterday to see they had delivered all the boxes and equipment. Now, where do I begin? How can I set this library up to be more than a classroom and a showcase of literature and potential knowledge, but to be an inspiration for exploration, a haven for tweens/teens, and a collaborative exciting locale for learning?
My friend Michael Tyler answered my call to come document this with photos so you, my readers, can journey with me as I try, make mistakes, and discover new ideas in building this library.
Readers, I hope you noted the clean desks because I can promise you mine will never be empty again.
Here is my very favorite photo of all. Before Michael arrived I was standing beside the cardboard cutoff of JFK talking to him. I wanted to talk about having this library be true to his spirit of democracy. I was reassured to see the rocking chair that was a replica of his. I couldn’t be part of a library without a rocking chair. Now, on to establishing the stuff so that I can then focus on the people.