School libraries are often popular hubs for students of all ages, allowing kids to find their favorite books, relax in a nook, and read in cozy comfort. However, some libraries lack student-friendly spots, resulting in less foot traffic and disappointed readers.
As a result, librarians looking to meet today’s students’ needs need to reevaluate how they arrange their reading spaces to make them inviting and cheerful. With a sprinkle of creativity and a knack for nooks, libraries can become a one-stop shop for readers and relaxers alike.
Don’t be afraid to decorate
Librarians can create engaging spaces by using art and decoration from providers like Sproutbrite to liven up the library. Updated decor can help students recognize designated student-friendly relaxation areas in the library.
With colorful and welcoming graphics, libraries can take a once dreary space and turn it into an engaging and fun corner for both kids and teens. Additionally, decorations encourage and welcome students into the area, creating an inviting atmosphere.
Pare down the stacks
Some libraries are overwhelming for students because they can’t find the books they want. Librarians often hesitate to remove books from years past, but older volumes often clutter the shelves and keep children from discovering new stories. By storing or selling unused texts that students haven’t checked out in years, libraries become more student-friendly and welcoming.
Get modern furniture
Unlike school desks, which can be uncomfortable and stiff, libraries should feature comfortable, cushioned seating, allowing kids to sink into their book-bound adventures. Libraries should be an escape from the classroom, so the furniture should be more relaxed and less practical. Many modern libraries offer flexible seating areas with wheeled chairs, cozy couches, and tables in non-traditional shapes.
Additionally, library furniture should allow for small and large groups or individual students looking for a quiet place to study and groupthink. Tables and chairs with wheels make it easier for students, teachers, and librarians to arrange spaces to their liking. Finally, students often need to charge their devices, so don’t forget to add charging stations to your seating areas.
Have good lighting
Any reader knows how important good light is—nothing beats sitting on a comfortable chair or propping up against a pillow with a relaxing table lamp casting a warm glow. The atmosphere created by light can also help students change their environment, whether for reading or studying.
Keep in mind that good light doesn’t necessarily mean you have to purchase brand new fixtures. Natural light is one of the best ways to brighten a space, so if the library has windows, consider keeping the curtains or blinds open.
Don’t forget about the floor
Kids have no problem sitting on the floor to read a book or work on a project. Librarians can create cozy floor spaces with rugs in different colors and shapes. They can also use large poufs, ottomans, and backrest pillows in fabrics that are easy to sanitize.
Librarians have several options for updating their spaces and creating student-friendly, open areas. By freshening up the decor, adding comfortable furniture options, and building quiet study areas, you’ll see students flocking to your new-and-improved library.