Welcome to the Workroom



Early in planning for the new library, David Hopper and Roy Meador came up with the idea of pulling together a variety of services that had been scattered across campus. Later, Karren Reisch, responsible for building the curriculum collection and supporting the education program as its liaison, began work on identifying in a more concrete way the services that would eventually be moved to the new library.  Stephanie Davis took over this responsibility when she replaced Karren and became the first director of the new facility.  The workroom came to life when the Hugh and Edna White Library was built and opened in 2002.  This room was initially called the Teacher Education Workroom.

While there are some items that especially cater to Teacher Education students, such as manipulatives for teaching and puppets for story time, the resources and spaces in this room provide a place where students, staff and the public can utilize its resources for planning and creating for many different applications and products.  Thus, in 2016, the title of the room was changed to be simply “The Workroom” to reflect the inclusivity of all creators.

From lamination to poster making, the Workroom provides students with resources and equipment to support their learning & teaching endeavors and create classroom aids, manipulatives, classroom projects, and more. The Workroom is located in the lower level of the library and is open to the public. The room is staffed Monday through Friday with an assistant available to answer questions and provide assistance.


Fall Hours

Monday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Closed Saturday & Sunday

Spring Hours

Monday-Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Friday 10:00am – 5:00pm

Closed Saturday & Sunday

Summer Hours

Monday – Friday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Closed Saturday & Sunday

When the Workroom is open, a student worker is available for assistance. Please see an employee to access the room outside of these hours. For additional questions or information, please contact Elizabeth Walker at 517-750-6443 or ewalker@arbor.edu .

Children's Literature Collection

The Children’s Literature Collection consists of K-12 reading materials, both fiction and nonfiction, that support curriculum objectives and promote individual reading interests. The collection contains biographies, picture books, award-winning children’s literature, and some foreign language reading materials. Books for all ages are inter-shelved within the collection.  Patrons may wish to pair the Workroom puppets with applicable titles from this collection! (See below information regarding puppets.)

Patrons may search only for items in the Children’s Literature Collection or K-12 Textbook Collection by using the advanced search under the search tab “books and media” and choosing the option under location.

For more information on the Children’s Literature Collection, please contact Robbie Bolton, Education Librarian, at robbie@arbor.edu or (517) 750-6435.

Equipment & Services

The Workroom has many services available to students, staff and the public. We have two AccuCut die cutting machines with many dies available for use. To see a list of die cuts, click here. We also have a binding machine, 24″ hot laminator, cold laminator, color printer, scanner, color poster printer, paper cutter, and decorative edge paper cutter. Please stop by the Workroom to see all the equipment and services we have to offer.




In addition to our services available, we have many manipulatives that can be checked out and used for teaching a lesson plan. Please click here for a list of our available manipulatives.

Manipulatives help students develop conceptual understanding of illustrated ideas by representing the ideas in multiple ways.  Manipulatives take many forms in elementary and middle school classrooms; for example base-ten blocks, attribute blocks, fraction bars, dice, and geometric solids are a few of the many manipulatives that students might use during their K–6 mathematics experience.  Manipulatives offer a better visual understanding leading to less confusion in student’s minds and provides a deeper understanding for future conceptual learning.  Manipulatives enhance the abilities of students at all levels to reason and communicate

Oakland University’s Education Resource Lab has done a wonderful job of creating many video tutorials on how to use manipulatives. Click here to check out these tutorials on their YouTube Channel.


PuppetsImagination is the key to a healthy childhood, encouraging play and discovery to develop the skills necessary in life. Using a puppet is a way to encourage imaginative, open-ended play. The Workroom has numerous puppets that are available for checkout along with coordinating books. Up to three (3) puppets can be checked out for one (1) week with no renewals and must be checked out at the circulation desk. Do not return puppet(s) in the book drop; they must be turned in at the circulation desk. Do not remove tag from puppet(s). For a list of puppets available for check out, please click here.


The Workroom is staffed during open hours by student workers who are available to assist with any projects or questions.


The Workroom has many supplies available to students, staff and the public. We have many types of paper available for purchase, including colored paper, card stock, construction paper, and resume paper. We also have poster board in various colors and tri-fold presentation boards. We offer glue sticks, markers, crayons, colored pencils, and many other items free for check out or use in the Workroom.