By Diana Hammell
The Caledonia Argus
Here is where people,
One frequently finds,
Lower their voices
And raise their minds
The students of St. Mary’s School in Caledonia are finding their new media center a bright and beautiful space to raise their minds. The large space has created ample room for classrooms and individual students to find and read that perfect book, listen to stories and work on projects.
The library/media center project was made possible through funds provided in the will of Helen Buxengard, wife of Gale Buxengard of Caledonia. St. Mary’s was made aware of the gift last school year. Work was initiated just before school was out in the spring and continued through the summer. Three, four-inch cinder block walls were removed and the physical size has doubled over the old library. There are still some finishing touches to be done, but the space is fully operational. It took the work of a number of some dedicated volunteers besides that of the construction crew to accomplish all that had to be done. Sheila Murphy, St. Mary’s School librarian, did lots of work over the summer, as did Karen Logging, Matt Strub and Holly Wieser, plus more volunteers too numerous to mention. “We have been very blessed with our volunteers,” said Tom Reichenbacher, St. Mary’s principal.
The space is not only a repository for books; a multi-media concept was employed. The computer lab and library are connected and the wall between the two is removable and can be opened up to create a massive room. Technology has been improved as well, and library software will be upgraded.
“This is a wonderful addition to our school,” Reichenbacher said. “A solid change needed to be made to our library and it is now more welcoming in the bigger size.”
“St. Mary’s staff and students are most grateful to Mrs. Buxengard’s generosity,” said librarian Sheila Murphy. “The updated media center is an area that all ages can enjoy. It is very heartwarming to see the students’ excitement as they work and read in the new environment.”