A shoestring makeoverPenrith Public School Library (2008-2009)presented by Ian McLean, teacher-librarian
Before...• x
How does anyone even realise this is a library?• x
This looks like a job for...• x
A clutter of paper - some has been up for years!• x
Paper cluttering every surface...• x         Size!                        Colour!         BluTac, sticky tape!
Paper...• x
Paper...• x
More paper...• x
The circulation desk...
A simple rearrangement...• x
From this...• x
... to this!• x
Another simple rearrangement...• x
Getting better...• x
And now more ergonomic!• x
Total cost of renovation to date:•$0.00!
First signage• x
Check it out!• x
Total cost of renovation to date:•$60.30
The old, old, old wall mural...• x
A coat of burgundy...• x
Inspirational words...• x
Cost of this section’s renovation:•$43.40
Total cost of renovation to date:•$103.70
Standardised templates for signs!• x
Neater, more corporate...• x
Friendlier...• x
Cost of template set-up:•$0.00!
Failed listening post area and “New books”...• x
... becomes a “PRC” reading nook!• x
Even better with a donated couch!• x
A junk table and “spine out” fiction shelves...• x
... becomes a listening post area and “New”books display area...• x
... with new signage!• x
Cost of two nooks’ renovations:•$85.64 plus donated couch, etc
Total cost of renovation to date:•$189.34
More shoestring signage!• x
A classy and corporate look!• x
Cost of this section’s renovation:•$48.90
Total cost of renovation to date:•$238.24
The space between...• x
... is now beige!• x
Beige between burgundy• x
Cost of this section’s renovation:•$47.99
Total cost of renovation to date:•$286.23
Just back in! Be guilt free. They’re “just back in”.• x
Baskets, boxes and PRC signs!• Magnet Pockets• Sukkito baskets
Discount store wheeled baskets• x
Cost of this section’s renovation:•$184.66
Total cost of renovation to date:•$470.89
The coming of the IWB• x
The useless pinboards• x
Testing time• x
The day of the Spakfilla• x
• x
Time 4 learning!• x
Coral fantasy green and Tyrian purple• x
The IWB in place (and the shifting clocks)• x
From this...• x
... to this!• x
Cost of this section’s renovation:•$108.80 plus donated paint
Total cost of renovation to date:•$579.69
My clock “oopsie”.• x
Decorator items (with a purpose)• x
Little finishing touches• x
Hanging around on a shoestring: 3 @ $2.49• Total = $19.92
Remember this?• x
Because I needed a culmination...• x
Quotes were $250 (perspex) and $260 (banner).• x
This is my homemade $17.95 outdoor sign.• x
Approximate total cost of renovation:         •$696.00              includes consumables
2010: Our new BER school library!• Featured on the governmental BER site:
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In late 2008, teacher librarian Ian McLean began to transform an old portable library into a fresher, more efficient, inviting and innovating workspace and eventually a new BER library. The conference seminar will be supported by a PowerPoint show, documenting sources of decor items, itemised costings, and how other schools have adapted these ideas for their own library spaces. References will be made back to the original work of Kevin Hennah (with permission), who has followed the progress of these particular makeovers and has presented updates of Penrith PS’s successes in his own presentations.

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renovating a school library

  1. 1. A shoestring makeoverPenrith Public School Library (2008-2009)presented by Ian McLean, teacher-librarian
  2. 2. Before...• x
  3. 3. How does anyone even realise this is a library?• x
  4. 4. This looks like a job for...• x
  5. 5. A clutter of paper - some has been up for years!• x
  6. 6. Paper cluttering every surface...• x Size! Colour! BluTac, sticky tape!
  7. 7. Paper...• x
  8. 8. Paper...• x
  9. 9. More paper...• x
  10. 10. The circulation desk...
  11. 11. A simple rearrangement...• x
  12. 12. From this...• x
  13. 13. ... to this!• x
  14. 14. Another simple rearrangement...• x
  15. 15. Getting better...• x
  16. 16. And now more ergonomic!• x
  17. 17. Total cost of renovation to date:•$0.00!
  18. 18. First signage• x
  19. 19. Check it out!• x
  20. 20. Total cost of renovation to date:•$60.30
  21. 21. The old, old, old wall mural...• x
  22. 22. A coat of burgundy...• x
  23. 23. Inspirational words...• x
  24. 24. Cost of this section’s renovation:•$43.40
  25. 25. Total cost of renovation to date:•$103.70
  26. 26. Standardised templates for signs!• x
  27. 27. Neater, more corporate...• x
  28. 28. Friendlier...• x
  29. 29. Cost of template set-up:•$0.00!
  30. 30. Failed listening post area and “New books”...• x
  31. 31. ... becomes a “PRC” reading nook!• x
  32. 32. Even better with a donated couch!• x
  33. 33. A junk table and “spine out” fiction shelves...• x
  34. 34. ... becomes a listening post area and “New”books display area...• x
  35. 35. ... with new signage!• x
  36. 36. Cost of two nooks’ renovations:•$85.64 plus donated couch, etc
  37. 37. Total cost of renovation to date:•$189.34
  38. 38. More shoestring signage!• x
  39. 39. A classy and corporate look!• x
  40. 40. Cost of this section’s renovation:•$48.90
  41. 41. Total cost of renovation to date:•$238.24
  42. 42. The space between...• x
  43. 43. ... is now beige!• x
  44. 44. Beige between burgundy• x
  45. 45. Cost of this section’s renovation:•$47.99
  46. 46. Total cost of renovation to date:•$286.23
  47. 47. Just back in! Be guilt free. They’re “just back in”.• x
  48. 48. Baskets, boxes and PRC signs!• Magnet Pockets• Sukkito baskets
  49. 49. Discount store wheeled baskets• x
  50. 50. Cost of this section’s renovation:•$184.66
  51. 51. Total cost of renovation to date:•$470.89
  52. 52. The coming of the IWB• x
  53. 53. The useless pinboards• x
  54. 54. Testing time• x
  55. 55. The day of the Spakfilla• x
  56. 56. • x
  57. 57. Time 4 learning!• x
  58. 58. Coral fantasy green and Tyrian purple• x
  59. 59. The IWB in place (and the shifting clocks)• x
  60. 60. From this...• x
  61. 61. ... to this!• x
  62. 62. Cost of this section’s renovation:•$108.80 plus donated paint
  63. 63. Total cost of renovation to date:•$579.69
  64. 64. My clock “oopsie”.• x
  65. 65. Decorator items (with a purpose)• x
  66. 66. Little finishing touches• x
  67. 67. Hanging around on a shoestring: 3 @ $2.49• Total = $19.92
  68. 68. Remember this?• x
  69. 69. Because I needed a culmination...• x
  70. 70. Quotes were $250 (perspex) and $260 (banner).• x
  71. 71. This is my homemade $17.95 outdoor sign.• x
  72. 72. Approximate total cost of renovation: •$696.00 includes consumables
  73. 73. 2010: Our new BER school library!• Featured on the governmental BER site:

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