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The transformation of the library at Oakland's St. Jarlath School continues with help from friends and volunteers.
St. Jarlath library gets a makeover
With a little help from their friends, pupils at St. Jarlath School in Oakland are enjoying their refurbished library.
All the books are categorized and on a library program called Library World. The information is stored in the cloud, and accessible to teachers in their classrooms.
"Our goal was for it to act as a mini public library so that students would be able to use it as a teaching tool when they go into the public libraries, as well as make it a place where students would be inspired to read," said Shannon Jordan, the new principal.
Jordan said Sarah Guthrie, the librarian at St. Theresa School in Oakland, "put countless hours in this summer cataloging the books."
Guthrie's friends were among the volunteers who helped complete the tasks, assisted by some St. Theresa's pupils, who put labels on the books.
In addition to cataloging the collection of about 4,600 books, Guthrie was able to get about $2,000 in donations and received donations of many books.
The space was improved by cleaning the rugs, and using "Murphy's oil soap" on the library's extensive woodwork.
Area rugs, mobile and bean bag chairs brightened some reading corners for the young library patrons.
The library "will continue to be operated and run by trained, committed and hard-working volunteers," Jordan said. Among them is Nina Green, who worked through the summer with Guthrie to get the library ready for the beginning of the school year.
The library renovation continues the work begun three years by Brother James Reiter, OFM Conv., assisted by parishioners from St. Felicitas Parish in San Leandro.
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