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Scecina students, teachers praise new library


Scecina's library was transformed over the summer. Students started using the library on Monday, October 3. The Scecina Open House on October 13 was the first public showing of the new library. A formal opening is being planned for later this fall. 

By Bob Golobish, Vice President of Advancement

Hooray! The transformation of the library is complete. 

“It is bright and cheery! And somehow airy. It’s amazing. It has the equipment and resources students need. It is absolutely beautiful.” That’s how the school’s librarian Sister Sheila Hackett OP., MA, MS, described the transformation.

Others are joining in to give the library transformation high praise. 

“The seats are more comfortable. There is a section where you can socialize. You have a lot more room now. The library is a lot more appealing now then it was before.” That’s the assessment of senior Ivan Lozano. 

“This library is really open. Kids can come in here any time and learn. And, they can get tutoring, if needed. They can interact with their friends,” said senior Cassie Smith. She beamed and said, “I like it.” 

“It is very nice and very welcoming. It looks futuristic, which is pretty cool,” added freshman Julian Gonzalez. 

“I like this space. I like the fact that it is nice and open. It is a cleaner look. It is much more functional look in terms of being able to move around and help students. And, students can move around and work with each other. The collaboration possibilities are awesome. The collaboration room next door is fantastic with the white board.” That’s the perspective of Andrew Smith, social studies teacher. 

“Walking through the main hallway and seeing students using the library – two classes at a time – in ways that we envisioned and hoped for many months ago is heartwarming for me,” said Cindy Hemmelgarn, Vice President of Finance. 

“We should be very proud and thankful for all the hard work and hours that went into the project by not only the contractors but also the Scecina administration, staff and financial contributors that made this awesome space possible,” says John Poole, the school’s facility manager. “It will serve our students and the Scecina community for many years,” he added. 

The actual design work of the library started about 12 months ago after meetings with students and staff about what they would like to see in the redesigned space. Demolition of the library began on June 6. Work continued through the summer. When students started back Aug. 8, the area was walled off so not to disturb classes. 

Students started using the library on Monday, October 3. The Scecina Open House on October 13 was the first public showings of the completely transformed library. A formal opening is being planned for later this fall. 

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Jmaes R Lindeman SMHS 1964 wrote:
When is the more formal open house being planned? I was thinking it was coming up mid November '16
Please let me know.


JRL

Wed, November 9, 2016 @ 2:48 PM

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