FastCoExist published a piece on the changing landscape of public school libraries:
A year ago, the library at Locke High School in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles didn’t get a lot of use. Rows of dusty encyclopedias couldn’t compete with online research, and because the school couldn’t afford a librarian, it wasn’t even possible to check out other books. Today, the space is transformed: There are still some books around, but the main focus is providing a place for students to practice skills like creative thinking and collaboration.
“We wanted to see what the future of the library would look like in 2050,” says Viktor Venson, founder of the collective No Right Brain Left Behind, which worked with Green Dot Public Schools to redesign the space after winning a grant from LA2050. “We also wanted to see what the future of education would look like through that lens–if there was an amazing collaborative space within each school, how that could energize the rest of the school.”
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