The North High School Library was highlighted in the latest Arizona Library Association newsletter.
Managed by librarian Sally Roof, the library includes five media centers and a faculty materials center, as well as three helpful staff members.
It is always adorned with student-designed exhibits, such as October’s National Hispanic Heritage Month.
There is a student-designed “living room” with reading nooks along the wall for leisure reading, and a “diner booth” reading area. The Family and Consumer Science class learned upholstery techniques and created cushions for the nooks.
The library includes Spanish and French-language materials, and a complete North Yearbook collection from 1940, the first graduating class.
North’s library also serves as a meeting room from various clubs like the English Book Club, Spanish Book Club and Short Film Club.
Roof has made her facility available for College Depot Nights, cultural celebrations like Dia de los Muertos and special programming, such as the Muslim Journeys Bridging Cultures Bookshelf. The library enjoys high usage, technology and on-line resources, and an annual parental approval rating of over 80% favorable.
According to the article, “Roof believes that students need to experience a superior library and librarian who can open a world of knowledge and resources to succeed in education and life. She sees digital literacy and proficiency in using multiple devices as important in high school curriculum and a key opportunity for library involvement.”