The snow and ice have hit Georgia! Who would have thought that I would have missed almost the entire month due to weather-related school cancellations?! Teachers returned last Friday for an icy work day and I took full advantage. I must admit that it was hard to get going after being lazy at home all week and realizing that it was Friday and I was about to have another two lazy days, but I eventually moved into action.
You might remember my post about a space that I have reclaimed in our library for a future makerspace. If not, take a minute to jump over and read that post HERE first. I begged for some help from my assistant principal and art teacher (two of only four males in my building) to assist with moving the outdated curriculum materials that were stored here. These materials were picked over by our teachers several times and now it was time to haul them outta there!
Clearing these materials was the biggest part of clearing out the room for our makerspace and it only took about an hour and two truck loads! Wow! Look at how awesome those empty shelves are! I can just imagine all sorts of makerspace goodies to fill them with.
The other component that needed addressing was the old technology stuff. A lot of the surplus technology equipment had been moved by our former technology support person. I had to get our new guy up to speed, but as soon as I did, he swiftly got to work and had it all cleared out! I was so impressed and thanked him profusely. He told me that he didn't like clutter and was happy to help. I think I've met my match in terms of throwing out old stuff....he likes to do the same thing!
Finally, I would be remiss in leaving out the efforts on my wonderful custodian. Mr. Raymond is truly a gem. He helps me in so many ways and keeps our library looking clean and tidy. When I wasn't looking, he came in and took the time to scrape all of the old clothespins that were hot glued to the walls off and hauled off two boxes of remaining trash! WOW! What a blessing.
So, I now have a blank slate. An empty canvas. I plan to remove some of the shelving (the section that is blocking the steps up to the stage floor) and I plan to cut some of the shelving down to a lower height. I've debated about requesting that the big shelving unit (the one pictured above) be moved to the back of the room so that I could put a dry erase board up here at the front, but I'm uncertain about that for now. These shelves are all bolted down to the walls, so they are sturdy and secure.
I'm excited to see the room progressing to this point. I'd like to request permission to PAINT, but am sure this might be a road block. I think I may just get in there, clean really well, hang up some bright decor, and start USING the room! I'm afraid if I let it sit too long with no use, it might be claimed by someone else!
I'd love to hear your ideas and suggestions for this space. Or, please share a comment or two about your makerspace area in your library. I hope to feature this transformation in a future conference presentation, so all ideas are welcome and I'll be sure to give credit where credit is due. Until next time...
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