The Morrison School Library began in a small classroom during the early
1960s in our former building located at 507 Richland Avenue. When
enrollment increased during the mid-1960s, that room became a classroom
again and there was no designated site for a library. Parent volunteer,
Gladys Gallaway discussed the situation with the principal and it was decided
that an upstairs hallway could be used to house the books. This plan
was approved by the superintendent and it passed local fire codes.
1970s, library bookshelves lined both sides of the third floor hallway
at the former Morrison Elementary. The overflow was stored on the
landings at each end of the hallway. Frequently, dust covered the
books because it was a heavily traveled hallway area particularly when
children tracked mud in from the playground. Nevertheless, the library
was a popular place with students and parent volunteers who staffed the
library throughout the 1970s along with library aide, Gerry Hikida.
In 1980, we
moved into a new school and library volunteers packed the books at the
old building and unpacked them again in our new facility. Although
our hallways at the old school were overflowing with books, these materials
occupied only about one fourth of the space available in our current library.
Through extra funds donated by the P.T.O. and the profits from an annual
P.T.O. Book Fair begun by parent volunteer, Marlene Rudy, our library is
now filled with 18,000 books and numerous audio/visual materials.
21, 1992, our school library became computer automated. This occurred
after bar codes were added to more than 11,000 books during the summer.
Once again, volunteers including teachers and parents provided the labor
to accomplish this huge task.
We began our
computer automation system with two computers, one for the librarians and
one for the patron station being used by students. By the mid-1990s,
students had access to three computers. During the 1999-2000 academic year,
an upgraded software program was added which enabled students and their
teachers to access our total library collection from both library and classroom
computers. This is a real plus for our educational program.
In the early
part of the 2000-01 academic year, our P.T.O. provided the library
with a new iMac computer for the patron station. Our students think
this colorful computer is "cool" and are using it regularly. In 2002
and 2003, the district provided another new computer to the library.
the library continues as a major component of our school's educational
program. During an average school year, 25,000-30,000 items are circulated
from our library by students. It is also used by parents, teachers, and
classes at neighboring Beacon School. Volunteers have been and continue
to be an invaluable part of our library operation. Morrison's library
is staffed by about 25 volunteers and librarian, Gerry Hikida.
use additional volunteer help at this time. If you can donate
3 hours a week to work a morning or an afternoon shift, we would be HAPPY
to utilize your assistance. Prior experience is not necessary and the small
amount of training needed will be provided by Morrison personnel.
Grandparents are also welcome to assist in the library.
questions is asked to contact librarian, Gerry Hikida or Principal, John
Gordon at Morrison.
Last updated on June 16, 2004