Signature Spaces: A Bright and Airy Lower School Library

With renovations complete, visitors to the Nightingale-Bamford School will now find “signature spaces” throughout the schoolhouse. Not only are these spaces beautifully designed, they are anchored to our academic program and truly enhance the educational experience of students.

One such space is the Lower School Library, now housed on the fourth floor. Since its opening last week, it has quickly become a favorite spot for Lower Schoolers and teachers alike. The library is a bright, welcoming space with interesting architectural elements and large windows offering plenty of natural light. The most striking feature is a central grove of “trees”–white beams that simulate tree trunks and branches–towering over a long, curvy green bench, evoking a park vista where one might enjoy reading a book on a warm summer day.
According to Lower School librarian Lois Strell, “The children are loving all the nooks and crannies, and are thrilled to have a library of their own again.”
Head of Lower School Rebecca Urciuoli echoed this sentiment at Lower School morning meeting, telling the assembled students that she cannot wait to curl up with a book in one of the library’s reading corners.
“It’s pretty good, pretty awesome,” said Jada Clarke '25.
Jane Burke '27 said, “It’s just fun. There are so many cool things in it, and I like reading the books in the [folding floor] chairs.” 
“I like the pop-up books–I come here to read them–and the puppets!” exclaimed Madison Lindley '27.
“The space is bigger, it’s really cool,” said Aldea Sadlek Leiz '27. “I like that you can go in whenever you want and read books.”
Check back for more about our new spaces in the coming days, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates and other news.

These spaces are made possible by the generosity of donors to the Every Girl campaign. You can still support our efforts by making a gift today! To donate online, click here.