Sophomores launch in class library

By TRICIA LOWNEY
Staff Writer

A committee of sophomore students created an in-class library in room 206 with the help of English teacher Kelly Harmon.

Caroline Ibarra of Tinton Falls, Hannah Wallach of Millstone, Emily Kazenmayer of Wall and Olivia Whitaker of Oceanport have been working to establish the library, or Book Nook, since last year.

The Book Nook consists of 13 distinct genres, including college resource books, classics and young adult literature. The books are organized using an online cataloger, Ibarra said.

“Our purpose is to allow students to save time and money by having books available to them in a location where they can easily stop in to check out a book,” Ibarra said.

Ibarra first pitched the idea in a speech she made in her freshman effective speech class. Harmon, intrigued by the idea, helped her and the committee follow through with it.

“Since so many people at CHS love reading, we feel an in-class library is an obvious addition,” Wallach said.

Freshman Isabella Olaguera of Ocean Township is one visitor to the Book Nook.

“If I feel like reading I can just walk over and get something. It’s helpful because CHS doesn’t have a library,” she said.

She added that reading puts her “in a creative mood and is also relaxing after school.”

The committee hopes to throw an official launch party for the Book Nook soon, but it is currently open at all times during the school day. They are also in the process of rearranging and acquiring furniture and decoration.

Ibarra said she aims to make the Book Nook “as comforable and inviting as possible.”