By Julia Wang
Back in October of 2016, the d.tech download released a short statement asking families to donate books to d.tech. The statement asked for only specific books from this list of titles. Gently used or new books could be dropped off at the front office. While there have been about 20 families that have donated books, many students had little to no knowledge that there was a d.tech library. Junior, Maxine Zigmond-Ramm, said that she had donated books last semester and hadn’t heard any updates since. What and where is the d.tech library?
Nicole Cerra, Director of Learning at d.tech, provided information as well as insight about future plans for the library.
The idea of the library stemmed from Chelsea Little’s, former freshman English teacher, plans to assign independent reading projects in her class. The school didn’t have the budget to purchase all the books, so they decided to ask for donations from d.tech families. “Ms. Little’s class has used the library the most, and loaning the books happened mostly in her class. Most of the titles we requested and received were linked to her curriculum themes,” Cerra stated. The library contains a wide variety of books from classics by Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, to the compelling novels The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian and The Book Thief. There are many more books within the book collection, and there are numerous diving guides and books on photographer, Ansel Adams.
While there is currently no library system in place, Cerra says, “We always thought of this first round of donations as the starting point for a larger library, and we hope to eventually have a wider range of titles, including non-fiction and “for fun” books.”
As of now, the school doesn’t have the space or resources to manage a large library. They had to limit the titles, as there was no way to evaluate, organize, or store the books. The donated books had been housed in boxes behind the counseling office. After the spring cleanout, they have been moved to the storage room in Mr. Wilgus’ classroom.
In the new d.tech building located at the Oracle campus, there is no centralized library. Instead, d.tech administration is imagining “library nooks” all around the school. To create this library system, there needs to be a combined effort between the students, staff, and parents. Some students and teachers weren’t too keen on the idea of nooks. Junior, Sofia Schofield, said, “I’d probably prefer a centralized library. It would provide a quiet space for people to focus and work.” Lessley Anderson, 11th grade English teacher, also isn’t a huge fan of the nooks idea, “Nooks are a cop out, man. Commit to a library.” Anderson explained that because nooks would be dispersed, it would be hard to keep track of all the titles. Books would be easily lost and students wouldn’t be able to check-out books from a centralized location. In addition, students wouldn’t have a full, quality library experience.
If you’re a bookworm or would just like to help out the school, Ms. Cerra would love volunteers to organize the books and also help develop a check-out system over the summer! Libraries are an incredible resource, and we’ll soon hopefully all be able to utilize a library system at d.tech.