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Media specialists look forward to stocking Intermediate School library

Library features visually pleasing, open floor plan.

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Construction continues on the intermediate school for grades three through five on North Crailsheim Road, shown here in October 2021. Tim Middagh / The Globe

WORTHINGTON — The new Worthington Intermediate Library Media Center will provide excellent reading materials for third, fourth and fifth grade students in an ideal, central location. The Library Media Center is visually pleasing with an open floor plan and expansive windows providing an ample amount of natural light. Prairie Elementary Library Media Specialist, Sara Oldre, will be responsible for both locations and assisted by two media paras at each location.

Thousands of books will be transferred from Prairie Elementary, hundreds from the Middle School along with thousands of newly purchased age-appropriate books.

The process started two years ago for Oldre and Lisa Spieker, the high school, middle school, learning center and VIBE media specialist, envisioning the layout of the library with architects. Preparing the new Library School Media Center is an enormous task which includes ordering thousands of books, supplies, labeling, inventorying, purchasing, preparing an electronic library catalog, arranging, and shelving books. Both media specialists have continued to collaborate throughout the school year in addition to running all the Library Media Center programs.

The goal of both Media Specialists is to provide a progressive and cohesive library program for successful lifelong learners. They strive to provide a welcoming and positive environment for all students.

Students at Prairie, the Intermediate and Middle schools will have the opportunity to visit the Library Media Center weekly to check out books at their reading level for enjoyment. Reading will lead students to be successful citizens in the future.

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Lisa Spieker is a media specialist at Independent School District 518.

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