Thankful for the little things
Posted by lpearle on 23 November 2016
One of the things I heard – loud and clear – when I was interviewing at Milton was that the library needed to change. It needed to be more the heart of the school, more comfortable for students and teachers. It’s one of those concrete-and-glass late 60s/early 70s brutalist buildings, no “curb appeal” as all those HGTV shows say. Inside, I found a wonderful 20th century library and library program – and in 2015 that’s not a great thing, right? So my staff and I went to work, upping the digital offerings, removing the microfilm/fiche collection, weeding the overgrown collection so that the incredible useful resources we have shine through. Then I had to hire new staff, one of whom has the charge of energizing our Middle School program and getting involved with the daily life of that division. And it’s working. People are responding, perhaps slower than we’d like but still… baby steps, right?
One innovation (for Milton; I freely admit to “recycling” this idea from elsewhere) was to create two pop-up libraries, one in the MS break room and one in the US dining hall, so that busy students and faculty could easily get some vacation reading. For two days we sat there, encouraging people to “not leave Milton without a vacation read!”. Not as many takers as I’d hoped, but enough for us to continue this before Winter Break in a few weeks.
And then, this in our mailbox, from S, a senior: