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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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Will Bookcases Become Obsolete in Their Traditional Sense?

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While we will always have plenty of uses for bookcases, will their traditional purpose become obsolete?  Traditionally,  bookcases are used to keep books readily available for easy reference.  However, in this modern age many classrooms are relying on their classroom computer to hold a vast amount of information; once only found inside a bound paper book.

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Of course, there is always tradition for tradition’s sake, right? Books are tangible, feel substantial and after enough time on the bookshelf, have a great old smell.  Well maybe not. It was recently reported that many schools are actually doing way with their annual school yearbook.  Traditional schools too, such as the University of Virginia; founded in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson himself. Reasons sited were budget, naturally, but surprisingly also because of online social sites. Sites such as Facebook, allow students to create digital memories online and remain connected without the need for a hand-scribbled addresses or phone numbers in the back of a yearbook. It makes packing up a door room a lot easier.

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National Library Week

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National Library Week is April 13th -April 19th, so go out and support your local library.  In perfect time for this event, Worthington Direct is offering discount flat shipping rates for all of their Smith System booktrucks.  Whether you need a new booktruck for the library with sloped or flat shelves, an Everything cart for the teacher who shares a classroom or the Gorilla Cart that hauls it all, buy from Worthington Direct and save!  Order 1 or 2 book trucks and the shipping is $85, order 3 or 4 and the shipping cost is only $99!

6 Sloping Shelves by Smith System3 Flat Shelves by Smith SystemEverything Booktruck by Smith System

Other great library furniture carried by Worthington Direct includes library tables, library chairs, library bookcases and library study carrels.  Perhaps instead of outfitting an entire library, you want to create a reading area inside a classroom, well Worthington Direct can help their too.  Browse their website at www.worthingtondirect.com for early childhood furniture that includes big book display cases, media book towers and the always fun reading train station.

Reading Train Station by Children's Factory

 Book Media Tower

Click to see Julie Andrews make a public annoucement supporting National Library Week 2008

 

 

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