When Chris Peters became Harborcreek High School’s librarian this year, she wanted to see through an idea to make the space “relevant” to tech-savvy teens who had little use for the encyclopedias.
With a team of volunteers, Peters unscrewed the wooden bookshelves anchored to the cement floors. They took every book off every shelf. They bought Keurig coffeemakers and K-cups, sofas and rocking chairs, a record player and vinyl records. They installed a black chalkboard and painted a few walls orange, one of the school’s colors. A local contractor lent his time and skills to transform old shelves into tables.
That wasn’t all. Peters turned one area into a makerspace where kids tinker and create. And she halved the librarian’s office to make a kitchen for café.
Some of it, she admits, was done without the permission of the maintenance personnel. But her vision in its entirety has come with overwhelming support from fellow teachers, staff members, administrators and school board members.
Peters, an elementary school teacher in the district for 24 years and an elementary librarian the last four, came to the high school library with grand plans.