In order to find a sufficient spot for the makerspace, I really had to rethink some of the areas in the library and how they were currently used. One corner of the library was used to store professional texts for teachers. My before pictures aren't the best, but it does show how the area is closed off from the center aisles of the library.
Goal: My goal for this area was to make it more open and conducive to student learning. Secondly, I wanted to put the professional texts in a different location that was out of student's reach. Furthermore, I thought it was important to move the shelving to create a makerspace area and leave room for a LEGO wall.
Assessment: I had to assess the library and find a new spot for the professional texts to go. I was lucky enough to find an empty built-in shelving unit for the books to go. I thought this would be a better place for the professional texts because they could be closed off from students, but still open to staff members.
Once I was able to move the professional texts into this built-in cabinet, I was left with TWO empty book shelves... We had a TON of professional texts. Some of them were outdated and need to be started through, but for now the goal was to find a new area for them. This shelf was not being used and solved my space problem.
As soon as I cleared off the shelves, we were ready to move the space around. Here are some pictures of our moving process:
The Finished Space:
These books and DVDs were previously on the front and backside of this shelf. I put all of the contents of this shelf on one side. This saved space on the other side for makerspace materials.
We are planning on putting our LEGO Wall in this space. There was an outlet on either side, so I am still thinking around how we want to deal with that.
Overall, I am estatic with how the makerspace area turned out. I'm also impressed with how much room we have for technology and makerspace storage.
However, I'm starting to realize that redesigning the space may have been the easy part... I still have quite a bit more to accomplish with this library. Here is what's left on my goal sheet:
Thanks again to my husband and his extremely strong friend for their heavy lifting!