Broadening student interests, horizons


Locust Fork librarian Grindl Weldon (center) and students show off just a few of the books purchased with money from BCEF grants. -Grindl Weldon

Locust Fork librarian Grindl Weldon (center) and students show off just a few of the books purchased with money from BCEF grants. -Grindl Weldon

Without a doubt, the BCEF has by far had the biggest impact upon our school library than any other funding source. When I took the position as librarian in 2012, the collection needed weeding and revitalizing. Every year, thanks to grants from the Foundation, I have been able to do so. In fact, several teachers often write grants to add to our collection as well for special projects or interests in their classes. The BCEF has funded hundreds of fiction and nonfiction books, a library club, special events such as Harry Potter trivia, and even field trips for collection development.

Over the past two years, we’ve added books that promote empathy and understanding as well as allowing students to see themselves in fiction. We’ve added several sets of high interest books with lower reading levels for our struggling at-risk readers, and we’ve updated our STEAM and career collections. These books help broaden our students’ interests and horizons.

Without the help and support of the BCEF, our collection would be outdated and dusty and our library would simply be a book closet. I cannot thank them enough for all their support. I am most excited about the new STEAM books and this year we will be using them for career studies and projects in conjunction with our STEAM lab.