Nearly 20 years ago a group of teachers and parents at Eagle Rock Elementary teamed up to build a school library. But that same library is now too cramped to serve a school with approximately 1,000 students. Books are stacked out of reach of children; a book cart is parked in the middle of small reading area; and there is no room for listening centers, educational games and electronic aides, said Eagle Rock Elementary parent Eric Wong. “The library is also not really suitable for a full class of 36 students,” said Wong by email. “The room starts to feel full with only 10 students, but the librarian can cram 30 elbow-to-elbow if needed.”
Now, Wong is part of a new generation of Eagle Rock Elementary parents who want to build a new, bigger school library. The Eagle Rock Elementary Education Foundation has launched a fundraising campaign to move the library into a more spacious quarters.
Wong, who is treasurer of the foundation, explains the advantages of the new space
The room that has become available is almost 3 times larger and has an adjacent area that we would eventually like to convert to a reading garden. The space will allow the entire collection to be housed in a manner that is accessible to children. It will have enough space to comfortably fit a full class of 36 students while also allowing other users to work in the library. It would allow other media to be centrally located in the library, and we envision adding a multi-media center and computer lab in one area. As part of a broader technology improvement effort, we would also like to bring WiFi access to the library and rest of the school. There might also be room for a faculty area to encourage professional development and grant writing for the school.
The new space does not need costly structural work but the foundation does need to raise funds for other renovations and equipment. Wong assumes the new library will take shape in phases as money as raised.
The group has applied for several grants, including $50,000 from Clorox. Wong and other Eagle Rock Elementary parents are asking school supporters to register their support for their application by Dec. 9. Click here for instructions on how to register and text in support for the foundation’s Clorox grant