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Robinson’s Library Gets a Vibrant Makeover

The RHS library is now bursting with color
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Photo Whittaley Bowden
Volunteers for painting the library pose behind their hard work.

Robinson’s library has embraced a vibrant new chapter this spring, thanks to the collaborative efforts of students, PTSA members and the bright and vibrant spirt of librarian Shannon Chamberlin. The fresh paint on the walls is not merely a change of color but an invitation to students to engage with a space that’s both welcoming and dynamic.

The color selection, particularly the vibrant yellow, accented with complementary shades of gray and blue was strategic. Lyric Harris (’25) commends the choice noting that using a bright color like yellow to paint was a great idea because it brightens up the space and gives a much more inviting look to the library.

 “It’s hard to remember what the library looks like before the painting because the changes are eye-catching and great. Overall, I think that the new look will create a more inviting atmosphere for students and maybe even convince more students to visit the Media Center,” Harris said.

Chamberlin’s plans don’t just stop with paint. She intends to introduce chalkboards and displays to promote student art and expression.

“I have a bunch a different ideas as always and I’m going to bring in chalk and im definitely going to wrote things as you walk in and see the circulation desk like advertisements and signage. I like things to change and be fresh and new all the time so I think chalk board is great because you can erase it and start over and try something new,” Chamberlin said. “If there are artistic students I want to welcome them to come in and give them and end cap and do want ever they want to express themselves as long as it’s appropriate. I’m not super artistic I just appreciate art a lot. That’s why I liked the idea of chalk paint because we change and evolve.”

Accompanying the new painting in the library Chamberlin has also redecorated the display case. She visualizes a dynamic showcase that rotates various items from student art work to collections of books. While considering potential themes Chamberlin is drawn to the symbolism of a rainbow, representing hope and brightness which she believes aligned with the library’s new inviting atmosphere.

Chamberlin acknowledges that being positioned somewhat in the back corner hides the Media Center away from students who might not know that it is there. She hopes that the new vibrant makeover will serve as a beacon for students drawing them in with it’s welcoming ambience. She envisions students entering the library and immediately feeling a sense of awe and comfort whether they are avid readers or not. By creating a space that transcends traditional perceptions of library’s Chamberlin aims to showcase the diverse opportunities within it’s walls from reading to artistic expression and beyond.

“I wanted the library to be bright, warm and inviting and I felt like it was kind of dull and lack luster. I want students to feel welcome, safe and excited to come into the library,” said Chamberlin.

 

 

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Whittaley Bowden, Senior Staff Writer
Whittaley Bowden is a senior at Robinson and a senior staff writer for Knight Writers. This is her second year on staff. Bowden grew up in a multicultural household, so in her free time, she enjoys cooking lots of different foods. She has moved past baking as she has grown older and has started to experiment with her own creations and new food trends that she has seen on social media. This reflects her favorite section to write, which is multimedia, specifically MidKnight snacks. “I started getting into cooking because I just loved to explore new food and make my own recipes to enjoy," Bowden said. Bowden is very involved with Robinson and in many different clubs and extracurriculars. One of these clubs is Future Health Care Professionals of America (FHCPA), where she is the secretary. Aside from all her extracurriculars, Bowden really enjoys listening to music and has a very broad taste indulging in multiple genres such as Afro beats, K-pop and a little alternative music. “I've been really into Afro beats recently because it seems to be the big thing over this summer,” Bowden said. Bowden has really been thinking about her future recently especially since her time at Robinson is coming to an end. She has said she wants to continue her education at a college either in-state at the University of South Florida (USF) or out-of-state at the University of Georgia (UGA). "I would definitely want to major in biomedical science because I have always loved science class in school," Bowden said. Profile by Sofia Scott
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