L!BRARY INITIATIVE, NYC SCHOOLS
The designs for the L!BRARY initiative reinvented the school library in New York, aiming to boost student reading scores as well as the love for learning. Funded and led by the Robin Hood Foundation, the L!BRARY initiative produced 60 libraries for public schools in NYC's neediest districts. As a volunteer and in collaboration with educators, Henry Myerberg helped conceive the L!BRARY initiative in 1999. He designed 12 libraries and recruited other leading architects and designers to participate in creating the libraries. As children learn best in collaborative settings, the libraries have open and flexible spaces equipped with current technology, books and newly trained librarians in what Myerberg calls "playgrounds for learning". The new spaces also provide well-needed after school facilities for children.