Today, School Library Journal (SLJ) and LEGO Education announced the winner and runners-up for the inaugural ‘Build Something Bold’ Library Design Award.
The 2014 winner is Walnut Grove Elementary School library, in Madison County, Alabama. Led by librarian Holly Whitt, Walnut Grove’s library features a “digital diner,” with tabletop “jukeboxes” of technology, including tablets and an afterschool computer science program involving Arduino and LEGO Education robotics kits. Whitt will transform another part of the 2,500-square-foot library into a makerspace, which serves as a gathering point for tools, projects, mentors and expertise to enable anyone to make.
Despite being the highest poverty school in this rural district, Walnut Grove students have consistently led the district with the highest scores on state tests. The Walnut Grove school library, according to the application, “is an example of building a bold library through transforming physical spaces and creating authentic, diverse experiences for all learners.” Whitt will receive a $5,000 cash award, a profile in SLJ’s November 2014 issue and a LEGO Education StoryStarter Classroom set with software and curriculum.
- 1st runner up: Nimitz High School, Irving, Texas, will receive a $1,500 cash award
- 2nd runner up: Kaechele Elementary School, Glen Allen, Virginia, will receive a $500 cash award
- Editor’s Choice: Adlai Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, Illinois, will receive a $500 cash award
“Congratulations to everyone who entered and to our winners!” said Stephan Turnipseed, Chief Evangelist, LEGO Education. “Our goal with this award is to encourage schools to use their library space to create an atmosphere that will make learning an exciting experience for students of all abilities and backgrounds.”
“School Library Journal is honored to highlight the work of these stellar examples, which highlight the creative work and ‘can do’ ethic of school librarians as they strive to provide creative learning opportunities for their students,” says Kathy Ishizuka, Executive Editor of SLJ.
The Build Something Bold Library Design Award recognizes innovative design within a school library or classroom that demonstrates exemplary and creative use of library space and resources to effectively engage children and/or teens. The winning entries demonstrated the effective use of creative library programming and design to enhance literacy, STEM and creative problem-solving.
The winner will be honored at the SLJ Leadership Summit 2014 in St. Paul, MN, on October 26.
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