Tag: Library Furniture

Libraries Welcome Digital Age Patrons

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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. Digital Library Furniture

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.

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Paragon Furniture Featured in Oprah Giveaway

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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.

Oprah and Target Combine Forces on Library Makeover

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:

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Classroom Furniture Color Theory

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When purchasing furniture to be used in schools and other educational settings, color can be an important factor to consider according to this recent article by Amee Meghani from Smith System.
Colorful Furnishings A Catalyst for School Success
By Amee Meghani
Product Engineer
While often ignored in the classroom, color remains an important element
to consider. Studies indicate that it plays a role in emotion, productivity,
communication and learning. According to Ohio-based interior
designer, Elizabeth Stout, color in school room design is rarely a
consideration.
“Furniture is usually chosen based on functionality,
ergonomics and durability,” Stout said. “Schools generally never choose
light colored furniture because it makes dirt easy to spot. Additionally, in some
elementary schools, chair color is dictated by size.”
Looking at the effects of color on emotion and relating that to the
purpose of the learning space can help guide the color choices – on walls, on
floors and even on furniture.
THE CLASSROOM
Because classrooms are used primarily for active learning, color in
this environment should maximize information retention and stimulate
participation. For that reason, it’s crucial to avoid over stimulation so avoid
large amounts of bright colors, especially reds and oranges. Rather, opt for
calming and neutral colors such as green and blue.
Furniture can liven up otherwise dull classrooms by supplying color. The
relatively small amount of color on furniture does not have the same
affect as bright colors on walls. So, select yellow furniture to elicit feelings
of liveliness, energy, happiness and excitement. Red and orange in small
quantities can also demand attention and attract learners’ attention to detail –
a great way to lead students to a certain part of the room for an engaging activity.
If the intent is to match all elements of the room, use furniture colors that are
similar to wall colors focusing on the calming greens and blues.
The one exception to color in the classroom occurs with younger children,
who unlike older children, thrive in a bright-colored environment. Bright
colors can be used on the walls and in the furniture. Color can also be used to
help children understand how certain areas of a room are used. For example,
the blue chairs in the corner may be used as a reading and relaxation area,
while the red table may be a free-play space.

 

LIBRARIES
Color in a library setting should be used to align emotions and behaviors
with the purpose of the space. Since different areas of a library are intended
for different activities, have fun experimenting with color. Take a reading
area, for example. As an extension of the learning environment, reading areas
are intended to be calming and relaxing allowing learners to reflect.
In this instance, matching calming wall colors – like greens and blues – with
furniture colors maximizes the effects of color in this space.
In contrast, if an area is used for lounging and conversing, color can
provide excitement. Consider using a more neutral wall color and
experimenting with furniture color by using bright-colored cushions, fixed
colors on lounging chairs or vibrant accents on tables or shelving. Color
selections might include deep reds, oranges and yellows, or pastels in any
color combination.
GIVE COLORFUL FURNITURE A TRY
In libraries and classrooms, it is clear that color can have an effect on mood,
emotion, and productivity, which ultimately influences student success.
Consider letting the purpose of the room guide the color scheme selection.
All of Smith System’s inspired colors are available online for purchase on many products; from book trucks and study carrels to computer tables and activity tables.

Tips to Keep Your Child Reading This Summer

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Use these creative ideas to get your child hooked on reading this summer from the staff at GreatSchools.
During the summer, books might be the last thing on your child’s mind. Most kids are ready for a break and happy to trade in reading, writing and arithmetic for summer camp, family vacations and lazy beach days. But many studies have shown that children who read when they’re away from school perform better academically than those who don’t. Here are 10 ways to get even the most reluctant reader engaged in a reading adventure.
1. Use Hollywood to inspire your child to read. Take advantage of movies and DVDs that are based on books appropriate for your child’s age. This summer look for thebig-screen version of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which seems more appropriate for older kids. (You’ll have to wait until the fall for the much-anticipated release of Where the Wild Things Are.) For DVDs, Hoot,based on Carl Hiaasen’s first novel for young readers, might appeal to your middle-school child and pique his interest in the writer’s more recent book for young readers, Flush. Renting Charlie and the Chocolate Factory gives you an opportunity to introduce your younger child to other books by Roald Dahl such as James and the Giant Peach and The BFG.
2. Play a summer reading game at your local library or start your own book club. Many libraries offer online sign-ups for these popular summer reading programs. Most have a set reading list,

and if children read all of the titles within a certain time frame, they win a prize. You could also create your own reading game at home with a chart, stickers and perhaps a grand prize of the child’s choice. Another alternative is to get a group of kids together to form a neighborhood book group, where members can discuss what they are reading or exchange books.
3. Involve your child in planning your family vacation. Whether it’s a trip to the ballpark or across the country, have your child research the players, the sites and even the weather in programs, brochures, guidebooks or a Farmer’s Almanac or on the Internet.
4. Start a collection. Help your children become experts on something this summer by starting a collection. Encourage them to visit Web sites, view videos and look for library books to learn more about their new interest.
5. Visit a comic shop. The transformation of classic comic strips like Scooby-Doo, Spiderman and Batman into major motion pictures has renewed an interest in comic books. They make especially good reading material for visual and artistic learners, as they allow readers to make easy connections between picture sequences and written text. Encourage your child to read comics and even create his own comic strip this summer.
6. Read cookbooks and packaged food labels. Have your children select recipes they would like to try. Include them in grocery shopping and meal preparation. Encourage them to read product labels so they know what they will be eating. You might be surprised to find they enjoy family meals more when they’ve taken part in the process.
7. Read instruction pamphlets. This kind of practical reading helps children connect reading with hands-on learning. Reading instructions for building projects, assembling games or blowing up pool toys can give children a real sense of accomplishment.
8. Read the newspaper aloud. Start reading parts of newspaper articles aloud and encourage your child to do the same. Some newspapers even have children’s sections. This is a great way to engage your child in conversation and promote his interest in what is going on in the world. Suggest to your child that he read aloud to a sibling or young friend, or volunteer together to read to an elderly person.
9. Get a magazine subscription for your child. There are numerous magazines that are targeted to young kids and preteens. Kids can often identify with the voice and subject matter, and the articles will hold their attention. Even if it’s not Swiss Family Robinson, the benefits of continued reading might make up for the lack of weightier content.
10. Be a reading role model. Let them see you read. Read anywhere — the airport, bus stop, doctor’s office, swimming pool, etc. If they see you reading for enjoyment, they will want to read, too.


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