Normandeau Library Learning Commons
The Shift from a Library to a Learning Commons
“The Learning Commons concept is not rocket science, it's merely a shift in thinking of how the library space is used.
It's no longer just a space to store books, it is now the hub of learning in the school. It’s a place where students will want to hang out, work on projects, tinker, and learn new ways of doing things and accessing resources that are not available to them in the classroom.
The Learning Commons is simply a place that will immerse learners in information and resources that will help them express what they know. Transforming a library to a Learning Commons doesn't have to be an expensive project. It is mostly about changing the culture of the school. It's about creating a space where students want to be, where they enjoy meeting their peers to work on projects, or simply reading a book. It's about accessing information when they need it and it's about teachers and students coming to a common understanding of what should be happening in the Learning Commons space”. We have had a very successful year in our Learning Commons. We have been very fortunate to have gotten new soft seating which gives our students a cozy place to curl up with a book. We have had a Scholastic Book Fair and also a used book sale. We have used proceeds from these sales to purchase more books to add to our collection. Our students have had access to our many makerspace stations, some of these include building centers (both building and taking apart), puzzles, chess, games and Lego.
Our weekly Lego challenge has been a great success.