LBJ Librarian Lisa Finke loves getting books into the hands of students.
"My main goal for the LBJ Library is to get students to check out books and read them," Mrs. Finke said. "The most challenging thing about this job is finding books for students who tell me they don't like to read."
There are certainly enough books to pick from. Mrs. Finke reports that there are 11,816 books available for checkout including 7,007 non-fiction books and 4,809 fiction books. "I know we have something for everyone," she added.
Mrs. Finke is always adding new materials to the library, including the newest and most popular books kids want to read. Money for new materials comes from three places: our school, general obligation bonds, and the mill levy (a kind of tax) on property.
The look of our Media Center is also new, thanks to a remodeling project that is currently in its final stages.
"The remodeling project is being done in four steps," Mrs. Finke said. "Step one was to pack up all of the books; step two was to tear out all of the metal shelving; step three was installing new wooden book cases and shelves. The last step is to unpack all of the books and this will take place sometime at the beginning of January. Some of the book cases are movable, so it will be easy to change the layout if desired."
Mrs. Finke said there are no plans for a Book Fair this year.
One of the reasons Mrs. Finke is such a great librarian is she is passionate about reading herself.
"I am just about done with a book called "I Will Always Write Back," Mrs. Finke said. "It's a true story about a girl in Pennsylvania and a boy in Zimbabwe who are pen-pals. They become best friends, and once she realizes that he lives in horrible poverty, she helps him and his family survive. Eventually he is able to come to the United States to attend college. It's a great story! You can check this book out from the LBJ library."
This story was written by Alexus Romo, student reporter for the LBJ Howl.