Foothill students and staff are taking full advantage of the school's completely renovated full-service library.
The library was closed in April 2008 and moved to temporary quarters while the main library was under construction.
"Students and teachers love the spacious new layout," librarian Daniel Bradford said. "Although we have been busier than ever, the library seems to be a quieter and more enjoyable place for students to work because they have room to spread out." "Students, teachers and staff also seem to enjoy the better use of natural light in the library," Bradford added. "The shelving in the center of the library was lowered, allowing the skylights in the east half of the library to help illuminate the interior. We have skylights in the new Eby Room, which is the fiction room of the library and the most popular area for students to gather."
The library upgrade was part of $1.2 million in renovations on campus, with funds coming from a district bond issue.
The biggest change in the new library is that it can accommodate three classes at one time, thanks to the divided sub-areas with different functions.
The new library has 36 computer stations, but only 28 computers. Bradford is trying to find funds for eight more computers.
The library has three project rooms for students to collaborate in small groups on research projects or for a quiet spot to work together. The new teacher work room has a professional resources library, plus a new laminating machine.
Expanded shelving provides room to add more books to Foothill's current collection of 23,500 books.
While the new library is spectacular, it could be made even better with a few much-needed donations. The library needs:
Matching conference tables and chairs (used is fine). Rectangular or square tables preferred.
Used televisions with remote controls. TVs should be 21 inches or larger and functioning.
Sofa or love seat, either vinyl or leather. (No cloth furniture due to health codes.)
If you know of a business that is downsizing or can otherwise donate furniture as a tax write-off, please contact Bradford at firstname.lastname@example.org