The new media center is projected to open after Fall Break, according to new librarian Angie Cox.
“We’re in the process of getting furniture delivered; obviously we have to get the books and computers set up, but we are getting very close,” Cox said.
Cox envisions a completely different set-up for the media center to go along with its new look.
“A quiet library makes me sleepy,” Cox said. “I want kids to feel welcome to come in here and collaborate with their classmates.”
The media center will allow students to connect their Ipad screens to a TV monitor, similar to what a teacher can do with their classroom multi-media system.
“When you go to college, [the library] is a very different place,”. Audio-Visual Coordinator Adam Robinson said. “This environment reminds me more of a college library.”
The media center is directly connected to a café, which will be run by food services. It is set to open at the end of September.
“[The café] will be serving muffins, coffee, pastries, and possibly smoothies,” Robinson said. “It will be open from seven to two every day.”
Because the cafe is run by the cafeteria staff, students can use their ID to purchase goods.
“The new media center and cafe will be set up for comfortable studying,” Cox said.
If you’re disappointed by the fact that there will no longer be construction in the media center, not to worry. There’s still a beautiful view of dirt and heavy duty equipment outside of the Vandermeer Gym.