Read something from our ever-increasing list of books in our library by African American authors: https://mpsvt.follettdestiny.com/cataloging/servlet/presentbooklistform.do?listID=112399&context=saas32_4429945&site=102
The 2016-17 school year was off to a busy start in our library. A few highlights "by the numbers" from the first quarter of this year.
As people walk by or enter our library, I occasionally hear the question, "Where are all the books?" Those who knew the library from before I came to MHS eight years ago remember tall shelves, packed with books, taking up most of the front of the library. During the summer of 2008, some of the shelves were removed to provide more comfortable seating and work spaces, and all of the interior shelves were lowered to a height compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. By necessity, about 4,000 books were weeded from the collection that summer, and the majority of those weeded texts were outdated nonfiction books (e.g., Your Future as a Dietitian from 1964). The plan to create an up-to-date, flexible learning space was successful, and more students are working and reading in the library than ever before. Is a library still a library if it has more people in it but fewer books? Yes! Looks can be deceiving. Although there are fewer print books on the shelves, the reality is that our library collection is now larger (with more print fiction and narrative nonfiction books per student), more current, and more accessible than it was in the spring of 2008. To help explain, I created this infographic. See the full infographic here.
This has been an incredible year for me as your librarian and for everyone in our library. Some highlights include: