Librarian Introduces Student Advisory Board

September 6, 2018

After complaints and observations of outdated, uninteresting books in the media center, school librarian Crystal Hodgens is granting the student body with the opportunity to have a greater presence in the media center by introducing a Student Advisory Board.

“The purpose of the board is to create a way for the students to feel like they’re stakeholders in the library,” Hodgens said.

Hodgens is open to suggestions that may affect the library’s inventory and activities held in the library. This is in the effort of getting students more interested in the library and to give them more reasons to become involved.

“One thing that I noticed when I took over the library was that we had a lot of books, but they didn’t ’t reflect the Sparkman student of today,” Hodgens said. “We want to get the kids in the school to give us ideas of what they want to read, or some activities they’d like to see us offer such as music, movies, fiction, nonfiction and graphic novels.”

Other activities that may be organized by the students on the board may include reading events and book clubs.

“It’s great for me to plan those things, but it would be really wonderful if the kids had a voice in the planning of it because it gives them a part of ownership,” Hodgens said.

Hodgens will begin handing out and accepting applications around September, but they are mostly just a formality. She invites all students to join the board if they have a passion for reading and are willing to become committed.

“We’re very excited to include more students in our decisions,” Coggins said.” and we can’t wait to hear their ideas.”


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