Susan Henderson has changed the way students view the library.
She remodeled part of the library at Ellen Smith Elementary School into a makerspace by taking out some of the old tables and installing a magnetic maze board, a Lego wall and a Lite-Brite peg board. Henderson said it is a way to infuse more technology and hands-on learning.
“It changes the idea of the library, especially for the struggling reader,” Henderson said. “It changes the whole atmosphere, and kids get excited to come to the library because it creates a whole different environment.
“It really helps our students succeed.”
Henderson said one of the reasons she became a librarian was because of the makerspace idea. She attended a professional-development session where she learned about the concept, and she wanted to combine two of her favorite worlds — education and reading. Henderson, the media…