By Alex Price
One place you may not visit as much as your classrooms but remains a great resource for students is the school library. The library provides a quiet working environment with the perfect blend of electronic and print sources for students.
“For me the library is a great place to get away from the noise and stress in the classroom,” Library Assistant Quinn Waldrup said. “The library is a great place to clear your mind and get work done.”
The library offers online databases for all subjects. These are web based programs such as Aleks and Noodletools. The library staff keeps the library up to date by taking classes and webinars. By doing this the library staff is able to provide a solid background in technology to help students succeed.
For the students that enjoy reading, the library is full of books. There is a wide variety of genres, the most popular include young adult, science fiction, and fantasy.
“The library is a great place to go to work on the computer, do homework, talk about great books, and learn,” Librarian Allyson Ayres said. “For some, it is a secure, quiet place to gather thoughts. For me, it is a sanctuary, much different than the rest of the building.”
What if there is a book a student wants to read but it isn’t available? The library will purchase the book on Amazon and have it ready within three days.
The library is open from 7:20 to 3:05 during school days.
Students may come in during open periods, which are determined by classes being taught in the library on a particular day.
By Phoenix Ashman
Science fiction and vampire fantasy top the list of favorite types of books in the high school library, and new books are hitting the shelves monthly.
Librarian Ms. Allyson Ayres says she seen a jump in the number of avid readers using the library this year, especially guys.
Many guys like the Patrick Lore collection I am Number Four, a science fiction series set in the future. She said a lot of girls still reading vampire fantasy, so she sees the Gabrielle Zevin series about werewolves in the library’s future.
Mrs. Ayres also has new books from authors such as Christopher Pike, Gin Phillips, Melissa De La Cruz, and Carolita Blythe.
The new arrivals are located on the display table beside the left row of computers and they are restocked every three weeks, according to Mrs. Ayres.
Using Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble once a month to find exciting new books to fill the shelves, Ayres said “If someone suggests a book, I can usually order their selection.”
Aid Needed: The library also provides a new volunteer opportunity this year. Ms. Ayres is looking for library aid from students period 6, preferably an underclassman that can continue into the next school year.
Students that are interested in checking in and out books, shelving books, working on displays and helping teachers with lamination and posters should stop in the library during a study hall or before leaving school.
In order to participate in library aid, the student would need to have a study hall or late arrival/early release during the time that they are needed.
The only requirements for library aid are an outgoing personality. Ms. Ayres said, “They need to be the kind of student to help people check out and find books and to help with teacher’s needs.”
Photo by Karlie Gipe
By Karlie Gipe
At the end of every school year the students and staff look forward to two things; summer and yearbook distribution day. The yearbook is a complete record of the year’s big events put together by a group of dedicated students.
In the past, it has been said that the yearbook staff only takes pictures, writes up some captions and then sends them into a company that puts together the book. Taking a look behind the scenes, it turns out to be the complete opposite of what people expect.
The yearbook staff is a combination of two advisors, Ms. Alyson Ayres and Ms. Megan Axe and 13 students. All year round the students are gathering pictures, quotes, and ideas in order to put together a great book.
All of the pages in the yearbook start out completely blank. It is the staff’s responsibility to complete a blank page from the start.
Every week during clubs, homeroom or even after school, the yearbook staff dedicates time to working on a page layout. Deadlines are strictly in place, and by mid-March the book is completely finished and sent into a company to be printed.
According to students on the staff, it is a lengthy and creative process, but the end result is always worth the time and dedication. “I dedicate a lot of my time to yearbook. It has basically become my life since sophomore year,” senior member Jess Taylor said.
By Karlie Gipe
It has been said in the past that a book is way to escape from reality and jump into a fantasy. Located in this very school is a place where students can go to do exactly that. In the first few weeks of December, our high school’s library received approximately 62 new books.
As you walk into the library, the books are set up on a table display labeled “New Books” as well as on a shelf located against the yearbook office. The quantity of books consists of several different types of genres from memoirs to mystery.
“All of the books fall under the category of ‘young adult’, and several follow the genre of fantasy,” Librarian Ms. Allyson Ayres said.
A few new books sitting on the table include Sent and Caught from the popular series written by Margaret Peterson Haddix. Recently, Jodi Picoult tag-teamed with Samantha Van Leer in writing a novel about a high school girl that falls deeply in love with a classmate. Their novel is called Between the Lines.
The library was fortunate enough to receive books that were purchased from amazon.com, Junior Library Guild, and some donated to them. “When the students come into the library, they tend to always ask for new books,” Ms. Ayres said.
During homeroom, study hall or lunch stop by the library and check out what new books are in store.