Since the early 1990’s, school libraries have continued to erode; each year more school boards must make the difficult decision to reduce proper staffing in the school library and to cut back or stop the purchasing of school library resources. This decline is having a direct negative impact on student achievement and reading engagement. Students who are in schools without a staffed and resourced library program are not receiving the same education as students who have school libraries.
Library 21c adds futuristic user experiences KXRM COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. -- Library 21c, the new 21st Century Library, is not your ordinary library. They offer creative computer commons for writers, artists, and filmmakers including audio suites.
Collections, staff and space dedicated to teens have existed in libraries for years. Now, libraries are shifting those resources to developing learning spaces where teens can create content instead of consume it. Research has shown the widespread positive impacts of afterschool programs on academic achievement and social behavior, especially in low-income communities. The need for spaces that engage teens becomes even greater during summer break, when teens have more free time, said Elyse Adler with the Nashville Public Library.
CAPE ELIZABETH - Guided by input from students and staff, the Cape Elizabeth Middle School library debuts a fresh look this fall when it comes back to life as the library and learning commons.
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Comfy chairs to curl up with a book or tablet, silent study spaces and a place to munch on a quick snack are high on a student-generated wish list being considered by officials at New Trier Township High School 203 as they plan for the future of the district's two libraries.
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