After 11 months of work and $150,000 of University support, Hope High School opened its redesigned library and media center June 7, according to a University press release. The project is the latest Brown payout to the Providence Public School District from the Fund for the Education of the Children of Providence, a $10 million endowment for the district.
The project was a collaboration between representatives from the University, the PPSD, the Rhode Island Department of Education and Hope High School.
Nora Dimmock, deputy University librarian, was one of the University members on the library redesign committee. “The most important thing was listening to what the (Hope) principal and the dean of students and the vice principals and other teachers and students had to say about what they wanted and letting them really lead,” she said.
The colorful renovated library contains updated furniture, expanded collaborative work spaces and new technology and books.
RI Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green aided the project and spoke at the ribbon cutting ceremony. “The improvements being made across Providence Public Schools are a value statement letting our students know that we care about their education and want to see them succeed,” she wrote in an email to The Herald. “When I first visited the library at Hope High School, I knew that we had to make drastic improvements that would in turn inspire students to learn. Working closely with Brown University President Paxson (P’19), we revitalized the space, introduced new book offerings,