Dr. Seuss ROCKS! Newly Renovated St. Jerome School Library
It’s back-to-school time at St. Jerome’s and all the students and teachers will be excited when they see their newly remodeled library. Mrs. Stephanie Uzomah, the school librarian, has been hard at work most of the summer putting a bright face on her favorite space. A grant from the Catholic Community Foundation made possible the purchase of new carpet, as well as tables and chairs, and other equipment. The library is especially enjoyed by the younger students, but the updates include a smart TV with educational apps that will benefit every age group. Recently acquired accelerated reader books will appeal, especially, to the upper grades. The loft has been redesigned to make it more kid friendly than ever before with bean bag chairs for reading relaxation, and floor-size puzzle building will be fun on the fresh carpet. Appealing and educational recent book acquisitions have expanded the offerings on the loft’s book racks.
Mrs. Steph, as she is known by the students, will begin her fifth year as school librarian. Her daughter, Sophia, graduated from St. Jerome and is now a senior at Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School. Sixth grader, Sabrina, said she enjoyed helping her mother redecorate the library this summer in between a trip to Philadelphia with her grandparents and time at Girl Scout Camp Timberlane near Oberlin. Sabrina attended camp with classmate Cristan Williams who also belongs to St. Jerome Girl Scout Troop 70457. Sabrina’s brother, Isaac, will be a second grader this year. He liked spending time at the school this summer helping his mom with all the improvements that he will use when class is in session. Uzomah family members who also attend St. Jerome include several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Uzomah rearranged her work area to better observe the entire library for effective interaction with the students. She created a bold and colorful new story area using a Dr. Seuss theme, because Dr. Seuss is a favorite of most of the students. The St. Jerome student body will be welcomed back this school year into an imaginative place of knowledge and wonder thanks to the efforts of their devoted school librarian.