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One for the books: Media Center renovation hopes to draw in students

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The media center adopted a new color scheme, new tables and chairs, soft seating, and new bookshelves, giving it a more modern look that fits the current student body.

The media center adopted a new color scheme, new tables and chairs, soft seating, and new bookshelves, giving it a more modern look that fits the current student body.

Erin Grier

Erin Grier

The media center adopted a new color scheme, new tables and chairs, soft seating, and new bookshelves, giving it a more modern look that fits the current student body.

Erin Grier, Reporter, Photographer

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This past summer, the media center experienced a major renovation that allowed an update in furniture, bookcases, paint, and carpets.  This complete overhaul transformed the media center into a more welcoming environment that encourages students to work in collaborative groups and offers teachers an open space to execute collective class activities.

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Administrators updated the media center in order to create a more welcoming environment for students to complete their assignments in.

The new layout of the media center consists of three areas for teacher and student use. Each of the three areas can house 33 students. The lab area, where students can complete tasks using desktops still remain. The main area in front of the circulation desk allows students to work on laptops together or on paper-pencil assignments. The final section includes laptops and a projector for teacher use.

“There will be floor power underneath the carpet, so that if we need to charge laptops we can do that while students are working; and the [new] tables are all mobile, so they can be reconfigured to fit each other in the two classroom setups with tables and chairs, so that teachers can customize how they want their students to work in groups,” media specialist Lisa Wheeler said.

The three classroom set-up of the media center allows for multiple classes to utilize the library at once.

This modern look fits the current student body and the classes to come.

“I think it looks more professional,” junior Annika Bibb said.

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A few of the materials and books from the the media center’s extensive collection remain unpacked from the renovation.

Mrs. Wheeler and county officials alike hope the library’s new look will attract more individual students and provide them with a quiet space to complete their work and easily collaborate with one another.

“I like it becoming more technological because that’s the world we live in. Our kids deserve to have the latest and the greatest, so I’m excited for us,” Shelnutt said.  

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The library’s new furniture offers students a more comfortable way to collaborate with one another.

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