Lowell library awarded extreme makeover
Target and Heart of America Foundation chose Lowell Elementary for a READesign.
READesign makeovers revitalize elementary school libraries by creating warm, friendly places that engage children in learning and create a love of reading. At schools throughout the country, each beautification and improvement project is worth more than $100,000.
The cost includes professional design services, cosmetic construction and amenities, such as paint, artwork, carpet, lighting, furniture, computer workstations, activity tables, shelving, cozy reading corners and exterior courtyards.
To gather ideas for the makeover theme, second- and third-graders were invited to draw their ideas of what the perfect library should look like. The children’s top two suggestions? Volcanoes and beaches. We’ll see!
Construction begins in late September. Target and Heart of America are working directly with Principal Sandi Kuhn and Operations staff members to ensure that the project will be perfect.
When the work is done, READesign will fill the center with 2,000 new books. “Students are also very excited about the seven new books each one will receive to take home and keep,” said Helen Darcy, media resource specialist.
A grand reopening for students and families is set for Oct. 16. The reading celebration will feature food, music, arts and crafts. And all the children who attend will receive five more books to add to their home libraries.