Skyview Library Transforamtion

Libraries are about connecting people with ideas.

This quote from Prakash Nair is a transformative statement in and of itself. It’s truly amazing to think of the changes that have taken place in libraries in just the last five years. Until the public 21C library had opened in Colorado Springs this last summer, I wasn’t aware that those changes were even occurring . . . until I volunteered the first day and saw a 112,883 foot facility complete with a full service café, copy center, 3D printers, recording studio, a business center with interactive TV monitors—the list goes on and is quite impressive! Indeed, this is the perfect place to see how the digital age has transformed the environment we connect with ideas in.

21st Century Library in Colorado Springs, CO

Skyview Library is beautiful, bright and airy, but there are some things that we can change or add that will help pull this cozy library into the modern hub that so many libraries are becoming. I want to show you one of my favorite things about this library: the display cases. There are many wonderful large glass cases around the school that fill up with all kinds of interesting things during the year.

Japanese kimono and art by 7th grade social studies teacher, Mr. Heaston, to advertise the upcoming 2017 trip to Japan.
Celebrating DIY!
Skyview Library
Stunning views out the window as you sit and read.
The computer lab is very open and sits to the right as you walk though the door.
The couch seating area is everyone's favorite.

Some more pictures from different angles, including the Fantasy Art Contest and teacher workroom that we recently reorganized.

Here's my "dream" floor plan:
My Wish List
So now I will begin to dream. Here are some of my favorite ideas that correspond to spaces in my floorplan.
The Broadmoor Library would be my first choice for the game and reference room. Grab a latte' and sink into one of the velvety couches, or start a game of chess by the roaring fire. The color scheme doesn't exactly go with the rest of the modern look of the library, but I can live with that.
I love the colors and styling of this room. It's actually a gift shop, but the organization is very nicely done and is designed to make items easily accessible. These round tables would be great in the main room on the Library; the center part could hold art supplies or even tethered iPads for kids to pull out and use. The idea is for students to work on individual projects while being together at the same time.
I like the look and layout of these open spaces--bright, modern colors and clean lines. Those bubble chairs are the bomb!
"The Library should be a place where kids feel comfortable to be themselves, to succeed, and also to make mistakes . . . and it be okay."

Some cute furniture options:

Cool signage for the Tinker Room
Lego wall of awesomeness.
This would be a versatile conference space. Mobile furniture could be pulled in and out for a variety of needs. A large touch screen monitor for interactive presentations and skype sessions with authors would make this the perfect meeting spot.

There is just the right place in our library along the ceiling to paint this beautiful mural.

Action Plan
  • Approximate Cost: $25,000
  • Budget $0

Phase one of the transformation would be to raise funds. If all of the money were in place, I wouldn't waste any time. Over the summer I would hit the project hard and involve as many as the community I could gather, looking for resources close at hand. For example, our school has a lot of tradesman and it wouldn't be difficult to find builders, electricians and painters. Kids are handy with paintbrushes too! If funds were not readily available, then it would have to roll out in stages over a few years.

Also, although I had a lot of fun designing an "ultimate" plan, there are things I could do on a less dramatic level with smaller budgets. I could scour garage sales and pull together the Lego wall on a budget. Paint stores are always having sales. Many small changes can really make a difference. Even having students create wall art is a great way to brighten up a space. We demonstrated that with out Fantasy Art Contest and that didn't cost anything. So what would be the name for my fabulous new library? We are the Skyview Eagles, so I think I like . . .

The Eagle's Nest

Lisa Fish

Managing School Library Programs--SCHL 5160

March 13, 2016

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