Students lounge in our new chairs while they enjoy a book
I went to work yesterday, and discovered that another air-conditioner leaked and damaged more books. Only thirty books were ruined this time, but the leak made me realize that I have not been keeping up with my blog. This is my first blog, so I'm not as consistent as I should be; please click on the time line tab to read details about the makeover
The best, and worst thing to happen to the NWSA Media Center were the floods; thank goodness for insurance. Two tables, and legs on all the other tables need to be replaced, however as luck would have it, there is left over money to purchase more furniture. Since the biography book stacks were destroyed, there is now an open nook leisure reading area between the fiction and biography section. The students decided that we should get some comfortable chairs, tables and lamps.
The Media Center Makeover has been on hiatus since February. The tech students were hard at work building sets for the Spring Musical Production of Shrek and of course enjoying their spring break. However, now that their vacation is over, the students are well rested, and ready to continue with the makeover.
Now that the air conditioner has been hopefully fixed, books are going back on the shelves and the facility is starting to look like a Media Center, and not a storage room. I have a wonderful volunteer, Jeannie McCoy, who is working non-stop to reorganize the books. I'm also taking books from the reference section and moving them to the non-fiction section so students can check them out. The Media Center is not a museum and students should have the ability to borrow any item.
Now that the book shelves are dry, I noticed some problems. One, the paint has begin to flake off in various spots. Students will need to come back and possibly retouch with black paint and put some type of clear coat so that the paint doesn't rub off on the books. Um, something to consider.
Before I type another blog post, I need to thank Pam Erickson, and the Friends of Northwest. My district is large, and getting funding through bureaucratic red tape takes time; thankfully, my school has an amazing PTO. Before the great floods of 2014, NWSA had our first bookfair and raised $900.00. Although the bookfair money was originally earmarked for books, Pam made it possible for us to use the money to begin our makeover. That is how I was able to purchase paint and other materials. Today Pam offered get volunteers to help paint the rest of the book shelves….wow!!!!
The amazing Chip Davis instructs his students on the correct procedures for painting the shelves and walls.