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 Floods Destroy School Library

In the 2015-2016 school year, Mellichamp’s library was visited by an average of 27 classes and small groups each week for check out, research and production.  Over 50,000 books were checked out to students eager for information or for the adventure a good book can provide. The flooding that took place on September 2 and again on September 12 destroyed all the shelving, the library’s furnishings including the reading ship, its MakerSpace, equipment and many of our books. Although the loss of Mellichamp’s library has been devastating to the school community, we choose to treat the event as an opportunity to create a new and inspiring space for learning, reading and creating.  Our new library should have an up to date collection of books, equipment and materials. It should be a vibrant and inviting space that offer areas for large and small group instruction, space for student creation and collaboration, tutoring spots, inviting book browsing and comfortable and fun reading areas.  Flexible, mobile shelving and furniture is crucial for our small space that now serves 200 more students than it did 10 years ago.  A lighter color palette will give the area, which has only one window, a more open feel.

 We are committed to providing our students with a dynamic, new library and access to technology, books, ebooks, databases and materials that encourage them to find and develop exciting interests and new talents. Using the library’s resources our students will become better readers, researchers, inventors, collaborators and critical and creative thinkers.

We are working hard to raise funds to pay for the  things needed to equip the school library for our 21st century learners. Any contribution is appreciated. Checks can be made out to Mellichamp Elementary School; please be sure to put “Library” on the “For” line.  All donors will be invited to our Grand Reopening celebration and will have their names included on a plaque that will be mounted in the library.

 The children ask daily if they can come to the library. We thank you for considering contributing to our fund so that soon we can answer that question with a resounding, “Yes!”

                                                                            Our School Library in Happier Times

We can't wait to reopen in a transformed space!

 

 

 

 

 

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