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High School Library to Become a 'Learning Hub'

District is looking to make changes to the high school's library.

The district is looking to make changes to the Bridgewater-Raritan High School media center in an effort to make it more of a learning hub for the students.

According to Superintendent of Schools Michael Schilder, there is a brand new website for the library, highlighting what it is about and what they are working on.

“We are working with a consultant free of charge to get ideas for how to reconfigure the library to make it more friendly and get more students in there,” he said.

Currently, the library has 29 desktop computers and 26 laptop computers. There is also an LCD projector and screen.

The writing center is open to students during lunch and study hall, and is located at the back of the library. It is also open for individual appointments.

The full library opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 3:05 p.m. during the week, and students must have a pass to go to the library during lunch hours.

At this point, Schilder said, there are no costs to be aware of concerning the library and this project, although if they are looking to buy more furniture or materials in the future, the district will go before the facilities committee to discuss it.

“We are gathering ideas for making the library a learning hub,” he said.

So, Bridgewater, what do you think should change in the high school’s library? What should be added to improve it?

bridgewater mom September 19, 2012 at 10:38 AM
Those changes sound great. However, we could really use a second person to work in the library (as they had in the past). That way, the librarians could stagger their hours and the library could stay open later each day. If the students had longer time to access the library, it would be used more.
Robin B September 19, 2012 at 11:55 AM
There are thousands of high schools around the country; Surely some have found ways to better utilize traditional libraries. Has anyone asked the students what they need? Maybe get a few students students to volunteer to solicit ideas from other students.
Gerianne September 19, 2012 at 12:11 PM
perhaps tutoring could be offered to eligible bridgewater residents, eg RVCC students requiring refresher courses in math or ESL?
cathy September 19, 2012 at 02:57 PM
how about letting students with study halls use library instead of going to cafeteria

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