Earlier this summer, the 40-year-old library at Harry C. Withers Elementary was gutted to make way for a new up-to-date library. The new library is now complete, just in time for the 2013-2014 school year.
The project, which should have cost the PTA more than $100,000, was spearheaded by parent fundraising and pro bono architecture designs by former Wither graduate Jeff Miller. The project was completed for $75,000. with Dallas ISD covering the cost of labor.
“Our library is the nucleus of our school,” says Withers parent and fundraiser Elizabeth Garrison. “Our old library had tables of varying heights, window shades that didn’t adjust; stained carpet and too many dark corners.”
“We wanted to design the library in a way that would encourage children to come in, pick up a book and read,” Garrison says.
Highlights of the space include a new circulation desk, tables, chairs, shelving, carpet, desktops, an interactive whiteboard and an area for students to stretch out and read.
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