Lakewood Elementary. (Photo by Rasy Ran)

Lakewood Elementary. (Photo by Rasy Ran)

Several neighborhood Dallas ISD schools will receive library improvements.

By December 2022, R.E.A.D. Labs will be installed at Lakewood Elementary, Alex Sanger Preparatory, William Lipscomb Elementary and Eduardo Mata Montessori. R.E.A.D. stands for research, explore, application and design.

The 43 elementary, middle and high schools receiving upgrades applied for the project and were chosen last year.

The labs will include video studios, coding stations and recording booths for podcasting. Print, audio and digital formats will be available to accommodate to different learning styles.

Freestanding bookshelves will be replaced with new modular furniture for collaborative work, and new carpet, graphic murals and technology will be installed.

Other than those at new campuses, libraries haven’t seen major upgrades for decades, according to the Hub.

“This makeover is an opportunity to refocus on the goals of education and to address new concepts and designs in the next-generation libraries to better serve the soft skills our students need for success as graduates in today’s world,” says Gay D. White Patrick, the director of DISD Library and Media Services. “R.E.A.D. will offer new spaces, new designs, new technology, new horizons and newly trained facilitators of that learning.”

Learn more about the improvements in the video below.

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