By Alexa Bleth
The library at Novato High never experienced the modern era before 2015. The library is now filled with tables and chairs where books used to be, along with a little coffee stand. This is designed to have a comfortable Starbucks feel to it for students to lounge around in.
The new development of the library involved donating all the old books from 1957 and tearing out all the original shelving.
Principal Matt Baldwin was the lead man in the reconstruction of the library. He started to tear it down along with all of the old shelves of books and began the renovation process.
“I wanted to update the whole feel of the library,” said Baldwin. “Basically, all of the books were given out and put into the hands of people that would actually appreciate them, not throw them out.”
All of the old books were given away to other libraries as well as people in need of books, but with the donation of the old books to new homes, the library became empty.
Baldwin made some serious decisions about what the library would look like next. Along with the input of the library's manager, Valerie Hill.
“I was very lucky to a have a principal that agreed with me about how the library was outdated and needed to be revamped,” said Hill. “Since he has been here, we have had total collaboration with making this a more user friendly library.”
The main benefit of the library is that it has now become a multipurpose space for students. Other positives of the new-look library include more space for studying, as well as separate rooms for individuals to reserve ahead of time to work in an isolated space away from everyone.
With these new enhancements to the library, students will be able to do more group projects, collaborate, and relax in the morning before school with a nice cup of coffee in the new lounge.
Baldwin plans to make the NHS library into a college-type library with more tables, chairs, whiteboards, and computers for students to use freely.
“Initially what we really wanted to do was make those study rooms, have a glass/plexiglass sliding glass door, where students can have audio visual, big screen TV’s, Apple TV’s to go in there and eventually do projects, and have a group collaboration room,” said Baldwin. “I even wanted to have the glass you can write on.”
With all the books that aren't being purchased for the library, Novato High is saving money that could potentially be used for free printing in the library for students, as well as all the new library improvements.
Students are looking forward to the new library, even if they won't be here to see it. Sooner or later libraries around Marin will all have the same feel to them as we are getting the first glimpse of it now at NHS.
“Personally, I prefer more space to study in a school library than for it to be filled with books. Books are slowly becoming overrated and replaced by the internet,” said Samantha Rapp, a freshmen at Novato High.
Other students may prefer a quiet space to read, which is what a library is intended for. Mckenzie Mock, a senior and Novato High, likes how the current library setup because it's great place to study.
However, there are alternatives for students who need books that the library does not have.
“We also have the public library down the street for kids to go and check out books if need be,” said Mock.
Although some students prefer the old library look, this could be the future of all high school libraries.
Colleges like Cal-Lutheran down in L.A. are doing this now and even though it will take time and money for the school to invest in, it's a wise decision for the school to make at the convenience of students here at Novato High.