Dismantling school media centers at DC Public Schools
Caption: Hart Middle School received a café-style library after four years of being dismantled. Heart of America, Capitol One bank and Target partnered with the school for the READesign libray makeover. (Photo/Valencia Mohammed, Washington Afro-American).
From the article:
Eighth graders at Hart Middle School in southeast Washington eagerly came into the library, quickly picked a headset, a laptop and sat quietly at a table. The guidance counselor was teaching a class about developing ideas for careers. “I love to do my work in this library,” said 13-year old, Niya Williams. “It’s beautiful.”
Although the entire school recently was renovated, the library has a special meaning with the students – it has very few books. Reading materials are online.
“This library makes me want to come inside, learn, study, and explore every day,” said Chrisdion Alston, another eighth grader.
Four years ago, the students weren’t so fortunate when the former principal at Hart dismantled the library due to budget reductions. Alston, who hopes to attend Banneker Senior High School next year, said for several years he rarely went to a library. Now he is a member of the library advisory committee.