Friday, September 5, 2014

Aloha to Our Library/Tech Center

Take a look at the library/tech center building for the last time today.  Tomorrow, workers will be coming in to demolish the building to make way for our new 21st century library/media/student center with a completion date in early 2016.

While it is certainly an exciting time for our school, it is also bittersweet.  That building is 55 years old! Think of all the students who've walked into that library, discovered a favorite book, read voraciously about a topic of interest, or collaborated on a media project using tools such as Minecraft or Weebly or Thinglink. Think of all the librarians or the teachers who helped students and their families discover the joy of literacy through our library and special events such as Book Fairs, the Hour of Code, parent-child read-alouds, author visits, or Read Across America activities.

Today, the library is more than a place to borrow books. This week, Michelle Colte was selected as the inaugural School Librarian of the Year, besting 91 other exemplary school librarians from around the nation. According to Mark Ray in a blog about this award, the creativity and passion of these librarians bodes well for the future of school libraries.

We look forward to documenting the construction of our new library/media/student center as we say "aloha" to a place that has such wonderful memories for so many!

This is the view of our library, taken in 2009.  

After the abatement and the removal of the exterior paint, this is what the library looks like as they prepare to demolish the building.

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