Learning Commons

In FY 2017, the CEF set a lofty goal of completing a capital campaign to transform the Cohasset Middle/High School library into a modern Learning Commons (our 100th grant). Thanks to an unparalleled response from individuals, families, corporate sponsors and in-kind donations, we reached our fund raising goal of $250,000 in one year. By September 2017, the Learning Commons was open for middle/ high school students to use in many ways.

Why did the CEF focus on this project?

The CMHS Library to Learning Commons Project aligns with the CEF’s core principles of promoting excellence in education.  It also directly supports the school district’s strategic goals of providing: universal-design furnishings, differentiated learning methods, digital literacy, and an overall focus on social interaction. This initiative brought Cohasset alongside our peers in Duxbury, Hingham and Marshfield—all of whom share the Learning Commons philosophy. Research indicates that improvements in library and media services have a direct correlation with student achievement.

What did the project entail?

Over a three year period, a team of teachers, students, administrators and community members worked to create a plan in which 21st Century teaching tools and methods are deployed in a flexible, collaborative and technological advanced space. Stefura Associates, who previously worked on the Paul Pratt Library, was selected to create the design.

The project scope included new lighting, furniture, flooring, window treatments, presentation equipment, digital infrastructure, and paint. In addition, the design incorporated a more cohesive blend of the indoor/outdoor spaces, taking advantage of natural light, new outdoor furniture and a courtyard gathering spot. The Learning Commons is a flexible space that can also be used for community gatherings and events.



“The buzz around the school is electric! I’ve heard students say that the new Learning Commons reminds them of a college library…. so up-to-date, interesting and exciting.  They really love the variety of seating and of course the comfy chairs.  The new New Learning Commons really speaks to students in a way the old library did not.”

Kathy Cerruti, CMHS
Librarian and Media Specialist