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How a school library thrives–without books

The library at Minneapolis’ Benilde-St. Margaret’s has no books, but the space at the Catholic preparatory school is proving to be more useful than ever – digitally, the Huffington Post reports. The school scrapped its entire 5,000-copy print collection in 2011, save some reference titles. Teachers selected titles they wanted to keep for classroom libraries, and the rest were donated to schools in Africa. Now, the once bookshelves-filled library is occupied simply by tables and chairs where students work with school laptops. While schools across the country cut back on library resources for budgetary reasons, the move at Benilde was influenced by shifts in student need and behavior, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune

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