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WHITTIER — First-grader Charisma Tanaka gasped, smiled and clapped her hands when she was told that her class would be the first to be read a book in Broadoaks School’s Rebecca Suzanne Park Children’s Library, which recently moved into a new building. The new facility, a cozy house that has been transformed into the library and a cooking school, opened Monday on the Whittier College campus. It will be available to Broadoaks School students in the next few weeks. The book that christened the library’s opening was “Diary of a Worm.” Though most of the 25 students who sat on the carpeted floor of the main room in the library to hear the story – read by donor and college trustee Ernie Park – already knew it well, they took delight in the worm’s tales. The library is staffed by parent volunteers who moved the books and built the tall, wooden bookshelves that hold the children’s books. Most of the books are stacked alphabetically and by subject in the main room. Two smaller specialized rooms are on either side of the main room. One is for Juvenile Literature and Historical Fiction, and the other is a beginning reader room. “Then, we went through and separated the books by genre,” said parent and library co-chair Jennifer Bergerson. “We put them on shelves, cleaned and decorated the library. My son visited on Friday and gave me his seal of approval.” Students can check out books at the library and bring them home to read. Bergerson said it offers them a sense of responsibility. Teachers will use the library as a reading room, and can use class sessions to browse and check out books. “Teachers arrange for children to come over class-by-class and lend books. It’s so cozy, it just feels snuggly (sic),” said the school’s director Judith Wagner. “When our children graduate from sixth grade, we ask them about their memories and they almost always say something about our library.” Sandy Mazza may be reached by calling (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026, or by e-mail at [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Broadoaks School was founded in 1906 as a home for abandoned children in Pasadena. In 1931, it became a part of Whittier College, after a teacher education program was developed there. It officially moved onto the college campus in 1945. In 1996, Broadoaks School’s library opened, with the help of Park. When Park’s daughter died in 2002, the library was re-named in honor of her. “Becky would be amazed to have a library named after her,” Park said at Monday’s re-opening celebration for the library, “considering the number of arguments we had getting her to read.” Due to space restrictions, the library had to be used as a classroom last year for some of Broadoaks School’s 300 students. Many of the nearly 7,000 books were put in storage, and had to be moved – box by box – into the Perry House for the opening.
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