JSHS Library Provides a Spot to Cool Off During Summer

The Kendall JSHS Library provided a cool spot for students to hang out last summer. On Thursdays, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., the library was open for students to use the computers, check out books and other materials, watch movies, or play board games. Approximately 10 students would visit each week, whether it was to work on AP homework assigned over the summer or to participate in the writing workshop led by Library Media Specialist Alicia Charland. 

Library Aide Stacy Lynaugh enjoyed the summer visits with students. “It was a more relaxed atmosphere in here this summer,” she said. “Students came in and hung out for a few hours. I saw a lot of them writing on their devices. We played a lot of games. I hope we’re able to do this again and have more people take advantage of this service.” 

Kendall’s public library is housed in the Town of Kendall offices and is open during the hours the town offices are open (9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month). Having the JSHS Library open this summer, along with the ES Library on Tuesday nights, helped meet the needs of students.

Adults were welcome to visit the JSHS Library as well. Several students new to the district stopped in the library this summer, too. A cart of discarded library books was on display and everyone was invited to take home some free books.

Recent Kendall graduate Matthew Murray was often seen in the library on Thursdays, helping Charland and Lynaugh with displays they have planned for this school year. “I’m pulling books that TV series or movies are based on,” said Murray. “We’re creating a new event for Instagram,” said Charland. “We’re tentatively calling it ‘First Line Friday.’ We’ll post a quote from a book, movie or TV show and invite students to identify it.” The Instagram account is @kendallgrowsreaders. Charland also said that they have purchased a new mini Lego table for the library. “I’m hoping students will use the library as a ‘brain break spot,’” she said. “They can come in and work on a puzzle, engage in Makerspace activities, check out the displays, visit our new fish mascot or browse through a graphic novel.”