This initiative was inspired by two successful school library projects.
In 2002, the Robin Hood Foundation, a non-profit agency combating poverty
in New York, started the L!brary
Initiative. The L!brary Initiative has brought together leading
New York architects to re-imagine the libraries at 31 public schools.
The libraries that have been created are whimsical, fantastical spaces
that have won architecture awards and have become essential resources
to the teachers and students.
P.S. 106 in Bushwick, Brooklyn designed by the Rockwell Group. Photograph by Peter Mauss/ESTO.
Here in Washington, DC, the Friends of
the J.O. Wilson Library similarly transformed the J.O. Wilson Library
in 2004. The Friends raised $200,000, and turned what had been a dark,
uninviting space with water damaged books into a bright space that
boasts art murals, and all new books, furniture, and computers. This
new library has become the academic heart and the soul of the school