Adaptive Reuse, With Spaces to Tinker and Gather as a Community
The City is Our Classroom
Abundant Access to the Outdoors at School
Libraries in the modern age are less about being spaces for access and more for provoking ideas and supplementing the co-construction of learning that is happening with students and their teachers. Modern library resources include a whole range of elements, from ebooks, to academic databases, to innovative programs that allow students to explore their creative inclinations, learn new skills, and apply their learning in innovative ways. We believe that a principal goal of school libraries should be to inevitably engage students and to provide them with skills necessary to effectively function in academic life. Our school’s library was created with thoughtful intention. While most schools are reimagining areas within their physical library to install maker spaces, Bennett Day started with the dedicated space for our Tinkering and Engineering Sciences Labs and have built (and continue to build) libraries throughout the school.
Mission & Vision:
Our mission is to enrich and support the curriculum of Bennett Day School, to provide students, teachers, and staff with access to credible sources, and to ensure that all are effective learners and users of information.
Students will have access to materials that will help satisfy their sense of inquiry and curiosity, and that will spur further investigation into specific subjects and areas of interest.
Links and Resources:
• BDS library collection (link to online catalog)
2018-2019 School Year Advisors & Volunteers:
Heather Mekkelson, Library Committee Co-Chair, Volunteer Library Manager
Beth Roman, Library Committee Co-Chair
Susan Roman, Ph.D., Volunteer Library Consultant/Advisor
Mary Pat Fallon, Ed.D., Volunteer Librarian/Professor