Librarian: Kirsten Fournier
Hopkinton High School Library
The Hopkinton High School library underwent a transformation during the summer before the start of the 2016-2017 school year. Thanks to a generous grant from the Hopkinton Education Foundation, we were able to convert our previously existing floor plan, which was very traditional and stack-heavy, into more of a learning commons model. Although the renovation was grant-funded, we did need to be strategic in repurposing existing furniture and shelving during the remodel in an effort to stretch our budget.
To begin our transformation, we heavily weeded our print collection based on circulation statistics and year of publication. This took place during the months of May and June, with the help of our library assistant and several student volunteers. We donated books whenever possible, and used some of the now empty shelving to carve out group study areas, as well as our recently formed makerspace (which had previously been housed in the work room of the library).
Student response to our changes have been very positive. We’ve noticed increased productivity in their use of the space; classroom teachers have been bringing their students to the library more regularly to make use of the space; we’ve been able to host more than one class at a time (in addition to study students) because of the more efficient floor plan; and I have been able to deliver better organized research instruction to students. Students have also been very appreciative of the myriad of seating options available to them now. They are no longer limited to the uncomfortable hard-backed library chairs and tables.