The Altoona Area Junior High School library has over 24,000 books and circulates more than 2,000 books each month. The library is a hub for research, reading, studying and collaboration among students. Mrs. Justina McCaulley and assistant Lee Nevel have made the library into a space where students want to "hang out."
The book inventory is regularly reviewed and as new titles and publications are added, older titles are weeded out. Recently, 14 boxes of books, both fiction and non-fiction, were removed from the library inventory. Instead of the normal disposition, arrangements were made to donate the books to the United Way of Greater Cincinnati for Santa Maria Community Services.
"The books will be shared with after-school programs and elderly assisted living homes," said Mrs. McCaulley. "Although these are older titles, the books are in good shape and we are so excited to know that they can continue to bring enjoyment to others."
The idea to donate the books came from Ms. Nevel whose uncle works for the United Way. There is no cost to the District to move the books as Nevel volunteered to transport the books herself to Cincinnati while visiting family.