The Library Is Getting A New Look
By Melanie Juarez
The library is central to Northside -- both physically, and socially. On any given day, at any time, it is full of students. It is open from 7am, for those early risers, to 5pm everyday. The library has spaces for students to work at computers, check out books, study individually or in groups, and sometimes even take a nap between classes.
Northside’s library has beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows and is full of art made by students, both past and present. It houses hundreds of books available for students to check out as they please. But when students are choosing a seat to settle into, they may find that many of the chairs are falling apart or in a tattered condition. There are many things students would like to see renovated in the library. “It’s a nice library, and a good place for lots of people to socialize and work. But I wish there were more tables, and chairs with comfier arms.” said Kristina Raguay, Adv. 901.
Friends of Northside, Northside’s parent-teacher organization, which generously funds many projects that benefit the Northside community, have made it their goal to renovate the library. The Spring Benefit, which will be held on Mar. 8, will help to raise the funds needed for this project. The Benefit will be held at DANK Haus, and will include a buffet and live music. It will also include a Paddle Raise specifically for the library.
The goal of the renovation is not specifically to include new books or computers. According to Ms. McCreedy, the focus will be mostly on the physical space of the library. This would come in the form of new carpeting, chairs, desks, and shelves. “In a sense, the layout will change, but the function will remain the same,” she said.
The library will also be updated to adapt to the increasingly technology-based way students work at Northside and the changing needs of the space. “We’re not necessarily going to keep the computer stations [on the first floor] because we don’t need them anymore. And lot of the computer stations upstairs will go away,” said Ms. McCreedy. Those spaces may be converted to be more convenient for Northside’s Chromebook-wielding population, perhaps including charging stations and outlets.
In a promotional video made by the Mustang Reel, Principal Kelly Mest said the vision of educators is to provide “a high quality public education.” Renovating the library, a critical resource for students and teachers alike, to make the space more useful is the next step in Northside’s mission to provide the best education to its students.