Media Center Website Co-Librarians: Paula Cross and Kristin T.J. Foti
Methuen High School, a Comprehensive High School of approximately 1800 students, has just completed a 3 year renovation that transformed the Media Center from a dated, open concept space to a bright, accessible, and accommodating learning environment. The mission of the media center is to empower students to be critical thinkers, seekers of ideas, ethical users of information, lifelong learners and readers through instruction, collaboration, and programming. 2014-2015 has been a busy year in the Media Center. In addition to approximately 70 classes and 3600 students visiting the Media Center per month, 30,000 print materials were re-shelved and interfiled in the newly opened space, we redesigned our Freshman orientation program, began to administer pre and post assessments of Works Cited pages, started utilizing the new space for co-curricular displays; developed a school-wide reading program called “What Am I Reading?” (a competition between faculty members to advertise their reading and promote reading throughout the school); continued an extensive web site redevelopment; created space for the Early Childhood Development students to observe the librarians reading to the pre-school students; advised a 40+ student Books and Bagels reading club that participated in 8 monthly book discussions, fundraising, and a field trip; collaborated on grant funded initiatives; our relationship with the Nevins Memorial Library staff has continues to amaze and their support to our students and faculty is unparalleled. As the year winds down, we are wrapping up our instruction and research projects. While we look forward to the end of the year, there is still work to be done to prepare for the summer reading program and reopening in the Fall to another year of exciting initiatives and student development.