SLES NEWMAN LIBRARY DONATES LARGE COLLECTION OF USED BOOKS TO CHRYSALIS MINISTRIES AND THE SAN ANTONIO PUBLIC LIBRARY
St. Luke’s Episcopal School announces the completion of an extensive library renovation project. The renovation included structural enhancements, redesigned interiors, an improved book collection, and expanded digital resources. In addition, a sizable collection of used library books was donated to Chrysalis Ministries and the San Antonio Public Library to benefit young readers around the city.
Students at St. Luke’s Episcopal School are enjoying reimagined learning spaces and an upgraded resource catalog, thanks to the recent revitalization of their school library. The Newman Library serves students from preschool through eighth grade and sits at one of the highest points on campus, offering breathtaking views of the Olmos Basin. The renovation project, which was completed just in time for the new school year, aimed to preserve this treasured space while updating its wealth of resources to meet the needs of today’s learners. Physical spaces were modernized to foster interactive learning environments and allow for flexibility in collaborative activities. Digital and print catalogs underwent major transformations through the addition of numerous e-books and online databases to reflect 21st century learning. Each enhancement made to the library was deliberately designed to promote its mission of cultivating students that are digitally literate, independent inquirers, and lifelong readers.
The renovation of the Newman Library also presented St. Luke’s with the opportunity to give back to the San Antonio community. A multitude of out-of-date titles and duplicate copies were cleared from library stacks and redistributed to organizations serving disadvantaged children without regular access to books. Hundreds of used books were donated to Chrysalis Ministries as part of their annual “Stuff the Backpack” event. With St. Luke’s contribution, every child was able to receive a book in his or her backpack of school supplies. Remaining books were gifted to the San Antonio Public Library Book Cellar, where children’s books are sold for a small fee and profits benefit programs such as the Summer Reading Program. “Service learning is an integral component of a St. Luke’s education,” says Angelica Rossi, elementary level division head, “and it begins with modeling service to our students. Our students cherish their memories of reading captivating and wondrous books in the Newman Library. To be able to share those stories with other children is a gift that has no price for them.”