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Library unlocks new world

At the Eunice High School, learners have found a place where their minds can wander, where there’s a place where minds may wander, where academic pres­sure is absent and the top expectation is loads of fun.

On entering the school library, bright colours dispel any idea of a dusty, musty building.

In fact, one’s eyes can feast on an array of visuals, ranging from creative slogans and inviting book displays to nooks with career information, a theme table and even Lego where girls can wind down.

However, the real fun lies in the seemingly endless activities.

  • World Book Day is celebrated with a dress-up competition, for which the girls plan and sew, glue and spraypaint character outfits together days in advance.
  • Every year, one period is set aside for the Dear (Drop Every­thing and Read) inititative. According to Jean Coleman, librarian, this initiative offers downtime from the academic pace for learners and teachers alike.
  • On alternative Fridays, Board Game Mania offers laughs and relaxation.
  • Girls participate in the annual World Knowledge Olympiad it is a fun, national general knowledge competition with cash prizes for winners in each pro­vince.
  • Film Freak Friday, a DVD club initially implemented for the hostel girls, is supported by the whole school.
  • A theme table draws attention to different genres to broaden the girls’ reading taste.
  • The purchase of comics, new to the library, was teasingly announced with phrases like “CC is coming”. It will eventually lead to learners dressing up as their favourite comic characters.
  • In keeping up with technology, a digital library with about 500 books was added, while Instagram is actively used by readers.

Coleman says she would not have managed without her library assistants. In addition to the fun, the borrowing of books still has to be admini­stered, and sections maintained.

Assistants are rewarded with half colours for three years’ service, and full colours after four years.

Although it might seem as if the library is bent on fun, the goal is always to introduce the value of books to the girls.

Coleman says research has shown that readers develop good insight and mostly sport a well-developed emotional intelligence.

“Knowledge gained from reading remains immeasurable,” Coleman believes.

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