Dixie Montessori Academy is a K-7 Charter School in Southwest Utah. They have been in operation for over six years without a library! They are also a “Turnaround School”, which means they are currently one of the most underperforming schools in Utah.
With a new director, Julie Atwood, they are turning that around. Director Atwood has created a school improvement plan and part of that was building a library in the school. Kathy Thiriot was chosen to be the librarian and rose to the occasion! She has been purchasing books with a very tight budget, seeking donations, and working to make the library the heart of the school.
This library is in need of high quality books in all areas. In order to help the library save funds, the team at Southwest Educational Development Center have set up a KOHA library to check out books. The team recently spent a day at the school entering all the current books, many of which are gently used but very much appreciated.
While we were there, many students poked their head in and asked when they could check out books!
There will be opportunities to donate books at the conference, feel free to bring a book! Especially if you have a Non Fiction book to donate, it would be most appreciated!
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