A recent Education Dive article discusses how school libraries can increase interest and use by creating "makerspaces" that encourage hands-on, creative work.
"Not long ago the New Milford High School library in New Jersey was pretty traditional. It had tall stacks of books and old wooden tables that didn’t move easily. It was underutilized. Students weren’t drawn to it and, to a large extent, neither were teachers.
"Today, it’s a different story. Students stop by the library during their lunch period and come before and after school. Teachers send students down to work on projects during class time or bring their entire classes. With far more people in and out of the library throughout the day, circulation is way up."
“'Makerspaces are about creating a maker culture,' [the New Milford High School librarian Laura] Fleming said. 'It’s a mindset. It’s a toolbox at your disposal for reaching kids. That can be done in any space and on any budget.'”