Between the bi-annual Parent Teacher's Association book fair, book drives and the yearly book budget purchases, the Anna Middle School library's shelves were nearing capacity. Once the librarian Sheryl Harlow voiced her concern over running out of spaces for books, the PTA sprang into action.
Karen Eaterwood, president of the Anna Middle School Parent Teacher Association, said the library was in dire need of more shelves.
“The need for these book cases was an opportunity the PTA couldn't overlook,” Eaterwood said.
Even though it took some time for the PTA to learn about the issue, they knew exactly who to contact to get the shelves done. The PTA enlisted Van Alstyne firefighter and woodworker Nick Bottoms to replicate the current double-sided shelves. Eaterwood said the new shelves matching the existing ones was very dear to Harlow.
“This was an important detail to Mrs. Harlow, as she wanted them to match what was already there,” Eaterwood said.
Getting the shelves built was a lengthy process; the first one was built in the 2015-2016, and the second one was completed early Jan 2017. Even though both sets of shelves were delivered during the school day, and without much fanfair, there were more than 30 students present in the library for each shelf induction.
There weren't any refreshments or a guest speaker, but on Jan 13 some of the faculty, Bottoms and Eaterwood were present for the delivery and dedication of the shelf.
Eaterwood said the libraries and the shelves are not just for current students, but also the future ones.
“Nothing beats a good book, in my opinion,” Eaterwood said. “Although there was only a simple dedication ceremony, the end result will have a great impact. I am honored to be a part of something that will benefit AMS library and students for years to come.”