The Cornerstone Library

Bright Field Middle School Library Goals

Long Term Goals

Create a community of readers at Bright Field Middle School

What does a "community of readers" look like?

A community of readers is a community that reads together. Conversations about books are a natural byproduct because everyone is reading. Students, teachers, and parents are talking about books. Research continually finds new benefits of reading, both for students as well as adults.

For additional information on the importance of school staff as readers click here.

Action Steps


  • 40 Book Challenge
  • Monthly Breakfast Booktalks
  • Teacher reading signs
  • Summer checkout for students and staff
  • Book displays
  • Lunch bunch book clubs
  • Library contests
  • Battle of the Books
  • Book it Forward


  • Staff book club
  • Continue to use "Moss's Minions" as a library advisory board
  • "Genre-fy" the "J" section
  • Battle of the Books teams


  • Advertise books, promote reading around school (bathroom readers, posters for teachers' classrooms, hallways, etc.)
  • Readathon nights quarterly
  • Afterschool book clubs

Move from a traditional library media space to a learning commons

What is a learning commons?

A learning commons is "a space without barriers, one where individuals would congregate and engage in co-learning." -Edutopia (January 14, 2015)

A learning commons transforms a library from a place where knowledge is simply archived or held to a place where new learning is created.

More "learning commons" information...

Innovations at Monticello High School Library

Check out this "learning center"and this article on learning commons.

Action Steps


  • Open the library before school and at lunch as a meeting/learning space


  • Begin the creation of a mobile makerspace
  • Seek funding by writing at least two grants per year
  • Create a proposal for PTO funding
  • Seek donations from parents


  • Continue to expand the makerspace
  • Collaborate with content area using the makerspace
  • Shift library space from "adult" meeting space to "kid friendly" space
  • Create "grant" opportunity for students to add to makerspace using bookfair funds

Short Term Goals

Create BOB trivia teams (completed 2015-16)

  • Attend literacy PLC to promote the books
  • Promote teams with students
  • Purchase book sets for each team

Continue data collection (completed 2015-16)

  • Add iPad station to collect data as well as promote books

Promote books outside of the library

  • Create book displays for the cafeteria
  • Book posters for hallways and bathrooms
  • Purchase a poster printer