Redefining Library Spaces
Libraries are transforming into colorful, open, airy, communal environments that stimulate creative thinking, engage tactile learning, and facilitate entry to the infinite world of digital research and reading. As an independent STEAM school, St. John’s is uniquely positioned to capitalize on current library trends. Forward thinking, we have created a dynamic 21st century library that cultivates our children’s love for reading, enhances classroom curriculum, supports STEAM, and serves as a technology hub for electronic and digital resources. This includes creating collaborative work environments that stimulate creative thinking and facilitate entry into the infinite world of global research through comprehensive online platforms.
The Bishop John Harvey Taylor Learning Commons offers cozy and inviting reading nooks built into the walls and a fun story area with risers for our younger students. A large instructional space for 20 students features flexible furniture that can be reconfigured within moments to facilitate group projects and respond dynamically to teacher needs. There is a small collaboration room for group work or quiet independent work, and also a larger quiet room that will have the flexibility to be opened up into another large instructional space. The instructional spaces and collaboration rooms are equipped with SMART TV's. Students have access to a full classroom set of iPads and laptops for use within the library. One of the most exciting and unique aspects of the Learning Commons is the outdoor instructional space created within the existing courtyard. Full classroom capability with a SMART TV will give teachers the option of conducting lessons outside. Relaxing reading areas will also be incorporated into the outdoor space along with a fire pit, to honor the Reverend Canon Ernest D. Sillers’ tradition of incorporating a fireplace into every library.
A Space for All
The St. John’s Learning Commons is a welcoming place for all ages of our students. Whether it is our youngest readers cozying up with their favorite picture books, our elementary students learning search fundamentals, or our Middle Division students engaging in detailed research projects, the St. John’s Learning Commons space meets the literacy needs of children from toddler through early teenage years. A particular area of renewed focus is high school preparedness and ensuring our Middle Division students are ahead of the curve as they transition to more complex research and sourcing requirements.
The Learning Commons delivers Common Sense Education’s Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum, which includes interactive, up-to-date lessons designed to empower students of all ages to think critically, behave safely and participate responsibly in our digital world.
We are excited about the advancements occurring in our Learning Commons. We invite you to take a closer look.