July 5, 2014
Chronicles of a Media Center Renovation: Part I
To put the process of the renovations in perspective, I thought I should back up and post a few “Before” photos. The gallery illustrates the library in 2008 when I first arrived at Bob Jones High School and the library in 2012 before, during, and after my mini renovation.
There’s over 10,000 sqft. in this space.
BEFORE: The nonfiction shelves in one corner of the library.
The fiction and biographies in the opposite corner of the library.
This is only half of the GIANT circulation desk.
Look at all that wasted space.
A work in progress…
The carpet underneath the end of the circulation desk actually matched this hideous teal – very ’90s country blue, rose, and teal. Yuck.
The holes on the other side were huge and difficult to patch.
It doesn’t look like it, but there’s about 20 ft. between these two columns.
AFTER: I created two “classroom” areas separated by three nonfiction shelves.
Another view of one of the classrooms and additional seating areas.
The end of the circulation desk was upcycled and moved to face the library entrance.
The circulation desk is gone – replaced by the fiction shelves and leather seating. I painted the columns crimson to add a little drama.
Where the fiction used to be . . .
This was the most popular area for students to sit, read, hang-out, and sometimes nap.
Four years later, I was selected for the library media specialist job. I wanted to change the atmosphere of the library and give it an updated look. None of my ideas were small – the plans I drew up called for moving every bookshelf, every table, and dismantling the GIANT circulation desk. My guestimated timeline was much shorter than the two and a half months it actually took, but I finished before the first day of school. Even though I didn’t get to do everything I planned, I’m really pleased with the way it turned out.
My motto: Go big, or go home.