Sulligent Libraries Enhancement
A Vision with the Mission to Engage...
When given the wonderful opportunity to serve as the K-12 Librarian for Sulligent School this year, the focus was one thing...our students. How could we encourage students to utilize this wonderful place of print and digital resources more? How could we draw the students in so they could get the help they need to be successful?
When you walk into a place for the first time, what do you notice? For me, it's the atmosphere or environment. How does it make me feel? Is it inviting, comfortable, and can I do my best work here? The idea to update and renovate the library seemed like a perfect start.
As with any project, the first thing to consider is the cost. How in the world would there be money to do the things we so desperately wanted to give our students? The support of Mr. Herron, Mr. Chism, Mrs. Lacy, and the Board in beginning this endeavor was such a blessing and encouragement. With library funds nearly depleted for the last school year, I was encouraged to turn to the community with a fundraiser. Generous donations from Law Lamar, Danielle Roberts with Modern Woodman, Dr. Eric & Lindy Stanford, Joel and Shanna Collier, and others that wish to remain anonymous, brought this vision to life for our students. The renovations began this summer and are still ongoing. We decided to give the high school a bookstore/coffee shop feel to it. Open the windows, give students a relaxing place to work and learn, and provide them with the resources they need to be successful. In the elementary library, we added a “Central Park” scene reading area, a tree with foliage and fairy lights to give the atmosphere a magical feel, and another reading area that spotlights some of the students’ favorite books/authors.
The students’ reactions of joy and excitement are contagious with smiles that can brighten each day even more. They take such pride in being a part of the changes taking place. It’s wonderful to hear their ideas about things they would like to see or do in the libraries. I look forward to watching the students work together to give both libraries their own special touch.
Library Media Specialist K-12 / Access Facilitator