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17K354 The School of Integrated Learning

Dr. Monique Campbell is the principal of The School for Integrated Learning. The School for Integrated Learning is located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. It is a District 17 school and a Title I school. Dr. Campbell wrote the VITAL Libraries grant in order to carry out her vision for her school library. The school library is one where empathy is learned through exposure to reading books, students learn study habits and inquiry skills, they learn to be critical thinkers, to create, to imagine, to grow, laugh, and learn. We selected her school because of this strong vision and her deep love for her students.

A few years before the VITAL Libraries grant program became available, Dr. Campbell had written a Reso A grant in order to gut the room that would become the school library. The "before" photos below are what the library looked like during the demolition and renovation process.

Before

17K354 library before photo

The library during the renovation process.

17K354 library before photo

More renovation.

17K354 library before photo

The walls, ceiling, and floor have been redone and the furniture is in place.

17K354 library before photo

Computers have been added.

17K354 library before photo

The old card catalog by the old sink.

17K354 library before photo

Garbage bags filled with packing materials from the boxes of books that arrived.

17K354 library before photo

New furniture has arrived.

17K354 library before photo

Unpacking the books.

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The empty shelves about to be filled with new books.

After

17K354 library after photo

New reading-area furniture was purchased with the VITAL grant funds.

17K354 library after photo

New tables and chairs were purchased with the VITAL grant funds.

17K354 library after photo

A panoramic view of the main area of the library.

17K354 library after photo

The reading corner.

17K354 library after photo

The entrance to the library on grand opening day!

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New tables and chairs.

17K354 library after photo

A close-up of some of the new books.

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Panoramic view of the main instructional room of the library.

17K354 library after photo

Anticipating big excitement on grand opening day!

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