Welcome back SHS students and the class of 2024!! We are so excited to see you all back in the halls of SHS! While the Library isn't currently open for students, we are dedicated to providing you with access to the resources you need to be independent readers and to support your learning. Please revisit our website often as it will be here that you will view new books, sign up for our Bookhub (no, not grubhub) book delivery service, and access all the new databases and resources we have gathered for you.
Want a book?? No worries, we have lots of new titles to choose from. Use the Book Catalog button to browse the our book catalog and then click on the click on the Bookhub button to request a book. This is our book delivery service!!
Please read the document below outlining our current Library Procedures so that you may access all the resources you need to be successful and safe here at Spaulding.
In the following weeks, we will unveil a few new features on our website that we hope will inspire you, support you, and to create a community despite our virtual hybrid model.
Once again, Sync is offering teens a free summer audiobook program. Returning April 30, 2020, SYNC will give away two complete audiobooks a week - pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes. Sign up for email or text alerts and be first to know when new titles are available to download at www.audiobooksync.com. It is a great blend of high demand current teen YA Novels, Classics, and Non-fiction titles. What a GREAT resource! Sign up today!
I have created a document and placed it under Remote Learning Resources surrounding materials and copywrite laws. Here is the link. Fair Use and Distance Learning
Good Morning SHS Learning Community:
The library website is in flux and will change almost daily as new information and sites become available. Here you will find free access to content, ebooks, and other types of information. Emily has created a working tech tools document that can be found in the Shared Folder. Please take advantage of the links provided above and below for access to resources. Tide Pride Strong!! Roll Tide Baby!
With the shift to online learning, I have compiled a list of resources that I hope will be found useful by staff and students. I will update them as resources and ideas become available. As always, free access to our databases may be found above under Research. First time users may need the user name and password. They are the same, lowercase, one word: U: crimsontide PW: crimsontide
The sounds of hammers, the groans of book movers, the sore hands from reshelving, and the anticipation of reopening are over! The renovation duration is complete and the library smells and looks like new. The purpose of the renovation was to create a more modern space but to also stay true to Spaulding’s traditional values. I wanted to open up the Library, generate more flexible seating, and provide a specific collaborative area for teachers and community members. It has been a long process from conception to reality and the results have been positive and rewarding for all of us here in the Library. It did indeed take a village to reconstruct the Library from students to the Library staff, to Spaulding’s amazing custodial staff. Below in pictures, you will see the various phases and people who helped make this a reality.
Phase I The Layout:
Fall 2017 to Spring 2019. Architectural design created with help from Michael Pope at Barre Town School. We had many different designs and they all had to fit into my vision. I think we did a pretty good job!
Phase II: Prepping for the Renovation:
Preparing the Library required analyzing/evaluating the collection and making tough choices on what books to keep and what to recycle or repurpose. Libraries need to balance the influx of new materials with the need to keep titles with high interest and relevant research value. This process took most of the 2018 school year into the fall of 2019.
Phase III: Packing Up the LIbrary:
Spring of 2019. To say this was a labor-intense process is an understatement. It took student volunteers, the Library staff and our SHS’s substitute staff HOURS to sort and fill 130 bright orange bins, remove old technology, and cover those aspects of the library that couldn’t be moved. We still ran out of the bins and had to stack books in the eclassroom on tables.
Phase IV: The Physical Renovation:
This happened over the summer. We tore down the old circulation desk, blew a hole in the wall, tore up the old carpet, painted the walls, and put in the new carpet.
Phase V: Putting it all back in:
It took an entire library, custodial, and sub staff to put everything back in order. Starting in late August, we finally were able to open the doors to the library in the second week of September. Who knew that putting away books could be so exhausting? Of course, we had to forget ONE bin which required another round of shifting in the fiction section.
Phase VI: Tada!! The final results:
The new space is open, bright, and very inviting. We have a beautiful new window to the hallway, booths with tables for students to snack and socialize, we have tall tables, beanbags, and tall chairs to help with flexible seating as well as new whiteboards and projector for collaboration. Our beautifully crafted new circulation desk is the centerpiece with an incredible SHS logo that ties it all together. We are all proud of our hard work and the students have really gravitated towards the new space.
Phase VII: The Little Details:
As we move forward, we will continue to reuse and repurpose books removed from the collection and fundraise for new movable furniture, an up-to-date audio/visual room and a stage for presentations. Thank you all for your support and encouragement. Come and see us, relax, and enjoy!