The life of an institutional furniture peddler is not always the most glamorous.
October is National Book Month and who supports books better that a book truck? Okay, so maybe librarians, avid readers, writers and of course teachers… but still there are fun ways to incorporate library carts, book trucks, book returns and reading materials into October lesson plans. So we’ve thought out of the box and jotted down a handful of creative excuses for you to decorate your book truck.
According to American Library Association figures, the number of librarians focusing on improving their facility’s technology continues to grow. Statistics also show that out of the 121,160 plus libraries in the U.S., at least 3/4s of them offer patrons access to an array of digital content. For those libraries that wish to become, or are already part of the digital age, having the right equipment is key.
As more and more library patrons require computer access while researching materials, computer ready furniture is a must. Computer terminals or computer kiosks are not new to the library scene, and have traditionally had their reserved area among the rows of books. They hold a stationary desktop computer and are still a valuable asset for those in the community who would otherwise not have computer access.
Ocoee Middle School in central Florida impressed the queen of daytime TV, Oprah Winfrey, and received a makeover for their school library. In conjunction with Target, the middle school library received a complete library makeover, 2,000 books and all new computers. Furniture from Paragon were used in the makeover to create a fresh new library that invites students in to spend more time reading. Check out the video that showcases both the new Paragon library tables with sleek curves and the ultra cool Wave Kiosk.
The Ocoee Middle school was awarded this gift after impressing Oprah with their flash mob video presentation of a twist on a pop song with a literal meaning. They were granted rights by the Black Eyed Peas to re-arrange their song “Gotta Good Feeling”, to create a literary awareness song called “Gotta Keep Reading”. Here’s their award winning video: