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School library in need of new book shelves

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Highland High School librarian Emily Akins and foster grandparent Dorthy Vaughn are on a mission to give the library a facelift and provide much needed book storage for the expanding library

Akins said until the aging shelves are replaced, the school cannot build the collection to meet the needs of the students. Akins has enlisted the help of her students as well as various funding options including a $1,000 grant from Walmart and hopefully money from the Stimulus Plan to help purchase the much needed shelves.

The librarian has had a sales representative visit the library to create a drawing of the prospective new layout, but has yet to return the estimate on the cost. She is anxious to purchase solid wood double sided mobile shelves as well as stationary book cases to house the books and allow the library to further expand to accommodate new books.

Shown are two of the many painted ceiling tiles in the Highland High School Library displayed to make the library more visually pleasing, as well as preparing for the upcoming makeover the library will be receiving. The tiles are painted to look like book covers of students' favorite books. The tiles above were painted by Highland High School junior Brittany Tate. Photos by Tammy Curtis
The shelves Akins is interested in are constructed by inmates in the Arkansas Department of Correction and are sold through the ACI Web site. The funds generated from the sale of the furniture stays in a program that creates employment for the prisoners while they are incarcerated. The prisoners make various types of quality and durable furniture for sale to non -profit, state and government entities.

Aken said that once the shelves are in place the computer lab that is currently housed in the center of the library will be made mobile with the aid of rolling carts. This will allow the library to utilize much needed space for more reading materials.

In addition to the grant, the library will hold a yard sale June 20 at the Highland High School to help raise funds for the new shelves. Modern Woodman will match the funds from the sale up to $500.

In addition, Akins said that if alumni or other civic groups would like to purchase a shelf for the library, there would be a plaque denoting the person or organization making the donation on the unit. The cost of the rolling double sided units is $1,039.30 each. The library currently needs 12 of these shelves in addition to the stationary shelving to help with the upgrade.

Akins said that some talented students have been working hard to make the library more attractive by painting ceiling tiles depicting covers of their favorite books.

Akins said that Vaughn has donated a box of ceiling tiles for the students paintings. She said the students bring a drawing of their idea to the library and it must first be approved prior to the student painting their tile. After the painting is complete they are put in the ceiling in place of plain tiles for those who use the library to enjoy. Akins said, "Kids want to lay on the floor and look up at the pictures." These unique works of art can draw other students' attention to books in the library their classmates have already enjoyed.

Akins would appreciate any help that she could get in her effort to raise money for these shelves and the library makeover.

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