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!!!!