Joel & Sarah Sternthal High School Library
Thanks to the vision of Hebrew Academy’s Educational Director Linda Lehrer, the Gewurz-Sternthal library recently underwent a huge overhaul that took it from dreary to Destination Number One.
With its new state-of-the art facilities, complete with WI-FI, modern computer stations, comfy purple couches, colourful carpets, inspirational quotations and overall zen atmosphere, students now flock to the library at every opportunity.
“We’ve come a long way,” says veteran Hebrew Academy librarian Norma Newman. “We have evolved from having the entire collection on rolling carts to the magnificent space that we have today.”
Jamie Libenstein of Grade 10 appreciates the space’s overall “welcoming” feel. “I love books and the new library is a happy place. I love the couches – they’re so much better than sitting in a hard chair.”
For Grade 9 student Noah Cohen, the library serves as the ideal backdrop for both learning and socializing. “On the one-hand, there are cubicles here where I can study quietly if I want, but I also come here to hang out with my friends. The library is young and vibrant, and there are inspirational quotes everywhere. The set-up is great!”
“It’s comfortable here,” says Grade 5 student Ayelet Mann. “I like the colourful atmosphere. Classmate Arielle Rohr agrees. “You can relax here. It’s the coolest place in the whole school!”