A freshly renovated high-tech library was unveiled at the Oliver Wendell Holmes Elementary School in Dorchester on Tuesday afternoon, after volunteers spent the day putting together furniture, decorating, and installing technology.
The library makeover was made possible by the Heart of America Foundation, which transforms school libraries across the country, and volunteers from AbbVie Pharmaceutical Research & Development.
“It’s amazing,” library media teacher Paula Pickett said, gazing around at the newly renovated, brightly colored space. “I couldn’t have imagined the transformation.”
The library includes a mix of creative elements such as Legos and art stations, along with the latest technology, including iPads, a touch-screen TV, and a 3-D printer.
The additions bring the library into the 21st century, said Superintendent Tommy Chang.
“The space affords teachers and other staff to come in and do projects with young people,” Chang said. “It’s not a space where young people are just sitting and getting information from the teacher. It’s a space where they’re trying to solve some of the world’s most difficult issues.”
Deborah Froggatt, director of library services for Boston Public Schools, said the space represents a trend of “maker spaces” in school libraries in recent years, aimed at providing students with creative, collaborative environments.
“Making and maker spaces is a democratization and equalizing of manufacturing and creating and we can all create in this new space,” Froggatt said.Laney Ruckstuhl can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @laneyruckstuhl.