Joint-use library opens for business

October 13, 2012 by  

Anaheim residents and students can both head to the library at Ponderosa Elementary School, now that it is officially a joint-use library. Opened two years ago when the Ponderosa School was constructed, it was made into a shared facility last Saturday, October 6, when the City approved the annual operating budget of $220,000. Now, residents in the Ponderosa neighborhood can use the library after school and over into the early evening, while students have use of the library during the day.

The new library hours include exclusive use by students during school operating hours from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. The school librarian will manage all aspects of the library during this time. From 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm on Monday to Thursday, and from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, a city librarian will manage the hours open to the public. Flyer printing outlining the library hours and other operational stipulations should be strategically placed at the check-out counter at the Anaheim library to provide newcomers with valuable information.

Although the library was originally designed and intended for joint-use, it was not until generous donations from the community made it possible. Toshiba America was the principal partner who donated software, as well as more than 40 laptops, to the library for public and student use.

The state-of-the-art computer lab will be a wonderful resource for education, recreation, and research in the lower-income neighborhood. Poster printing would be a great way to promote all that the library has to offer for those members of the community unfamiliar with the Ponderosa Elementary School in Anaheim.