Treasures Adorn New Media Center

By Gwendolyn Ihrie Lincoln High school students hopefully have noticed that there is an updated and almost new library in the center of the school. What goes unnoticed are the small details and accents that people who care about the library have helped to include. Much of the furniture has made a comeback including the

By Gwendolyn Ihrie

Lincoln High school students hopefully have noticed that there is an updated and almost new library in the center of the school. What goes unnoticed are the small details and accents that people who care about the library have helped to include.

Much of the furniture has made a comeback including the red and black chairs and the wood tables and chairs from the 1970’s. Thankfully the media specialists are making sure that we don’t have to sit on Brady Bunch chairs anymore. Also in the returning lineup are some not so outdated pieces that mean a lot to the school. These include the leather couches that students usually sleep on. They were bought by the LHS Book Club five years ago through fundraising efforts. An FCS class was also allowed to design the layout and color scheme for the library incorporating the new furniture at the time. Another special item is the large coffee table with names of countries on the edges. It was a project of ELL students several years ago. The countries are where the students are originally from and will hopefully always remain in the library.

There is no one person to give credit to for updating the media center because it is an all staff and personnel effort. Donors of artwork and decorations include many teachers at Lincoln High. Deborah McGinn donated an Obama poster, Marissa Wannamaker is giving a stitchery her mother created while in school at Lincoln High, Linda Lopez donated five signed artworks by Edward Gonzalez, and Nora Lorraine has given a plate made in Italy to add to the many other decorative pieces that make the media center feel more like a collective and worldly experience.

Several of the media specialists spent most of the summer hunting down bargains, special pieces, and collections to add to the media center.  Not only did this require a lot of time looking for items for the library but the transportation and assembly of many larger furniture pieces fell into the hands of Pam Gannon and her husband.  Some specialists included in this project were Paula McClung and Pam Gannon along with their husbands Larry and Jack, respectively.   Mrs. McClung would also like to add that Stella McClung, her mother-in-law, provided funding for many of the multicultural pieces and furniture now in the media center.

The media center feels much more like a relaxing study place for teenagers and what more could you ask for than a 55-inch flat screen TV! Thanks to Mr. Zuspan’s Teacher of the Year Award money, the LHS library will now feature this monstrous media outlet. It will be located on the north wall of the library and surely visible as soon as you walk through the new front doors. This area will be named the “Z-Zone” as a tribute to Mr. Zuspan.

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