After spending a few days dusting and cleaning shelves and organizing books, librarian Kimberly Ragno late last month opened the doors of the school library at Atwater Elementary that had been closed since last fall as part of school district budget cuts. The Friends of Atwater Elementary, headed by Shelli-Anne Couch, organized a last-minute fundraiser to come up with the $15,000 to hire a library aide to re-open the library. This morning, parents, staff and residents gathered to celebrate the re-opening of what many consider an essential part of the school and community. In fact, Atwater Elementary served as the home of Atwater’s first public library (click on the link below to see a photo).
“A school without a library doesn’t feel like a school,” said Julie Rodriguez, a school parent and member of the Friends of Atwater Elementary.
So what are Atwater Elementary kids reading these days? Rago reports that so far the most checked-out books include titles from the Goosebumps, Juni B. Jones and Guinness World Records titles.