Atwater school library begins a new chapter

Santiago Reckholder, a future Atwater Elementary student, checks out the library.

From Left to Right: Principal Charles D. Smith, librarian Kimberly Ragno; & Shelli-Anne Couch with Friends of Atwater

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.

Original Atwater public library. Photo courtesy Friends of Atwater Village.


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