During the last week of school, students and staff will be able to check out up to seven books at a time for the summer. The books can be returned to the front office book drop throughout the summer. Students can just turn in the books when school starts next year.
This summer checkout is an experiment that Buffalo has never done before, so it will be changing over the coming years.
“In the future, we are planning on having switching days where students can come in and switch out their books for new ones,” English Teacher Amy Sparks said.
If a book is lost or becomes overdue it will be dealt with the same way as if it was in the school year. Sparks said that the school is doing because the school library should not be a warehouse for books. It should be more like a community where students can talk with each other about things they are reading or want to read and same with teachers.
“My motto is ‘Better a lost book than a lost reader’,” said Sparks.
The goal of this experiment is to get students and staff more engaged with text whether that is body language, films, written stories, books, or digital stories. The summer checkout is also to help promote literacy in the school, get more people talking about reading, and make a community of readers for both the students and teachers.
“We need a full community of readers,” Sparks said.
What kind of books can you find at the BHS library? Almost anything imaginable, actually. You can find basically every genre to exist in that place. But, what are the free books located outside of the library? What genres are those? Well… They’re something alright. We’ve searched through the majority and narrowed down five of the most, um, interesting books we’ve found.
Number 5: Erasing the Ink: Getting Rid of Your Tattoo
Okay, so the overall idea of this book is alright, which is why it’s at the bottom of the list. This book’s weirdness or comedy is a deeper kind of comedy. Why is a book about removing tattoos in a school library in the first place? Does this book have any funny quotes or anything? There’s a reason it’s at the bottom, okay? So, no.
Number 4: Cocaine and Crack Addiction
So, much like number five; this book isn’t known for its comedic quotes, but digging in we find some strange pictures that bump it into the 4th place. Here’s what we mean:
The pictures in this book are actually kind of disturbing and leave a creepy feeling afterwards for the viewer that make them wonder why they are reading it or maybe even why did they check the book out in the first place. Come to think of it, there are many questions I have from the picture alone, like, “how is that creepy face related to drugs in the slightest?” The actual book is a serious title about what you can do to get out of addiction.
Number 3: Dream Girls
So. this book actually has little to no narrative. It’s a picture book with a few pages at the beginning. We believed this was a stage act that then had it professionally photographed. In actuality, it’s a picture book with screengrabs from the 2006 film staring Jamie Foxx and Beyoncé. With no context here, there’s little we can figure out. But, who would check this out? Maybe that’s why it found itself in a free book pile..
Number 2: Wii and Video: Game Injuries and Fitness
Ohhh boy. This book… is golden. If you’ve ever wanted to know about injuries with the Wii console, this book is amazing. You can learn so much about Wii Bowling in here. Here’s a few things you can learn with this book:
“Exergaming and Physical Therapy”
“What Injuries are Caused with Exergaming?”
And, as an added bonus on the back, they tell you their other titles, which include Teen Fatherhood.
Number 1: What You Can Do to Avoid Aids (Magic Johnson)
Alright, this book is well deserving of the number one spot on this list. This book was written in the late ‘90s by Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr. Some of the quotes in this book are very ‘Magic.’
“I’m hispanic. I thought only white people get HIV.”
“WRONG.” (Magic goes into immense detail.)
Isiah DuBois used to keep this book in his back pocket and referred to it as his “Pocket Bible.” You now know the bond this book can create between book and the human heart. This book currently fetches $30 used on Amazon, which is almost enough to buy you a cheap pair of Heelys.
Sadly, all good things must die out eventually, including these books. The stacks located in front of the library are packed away in boxes, but will forever remain in our hearts. While what we once loved is no longer here with us, we can now look back at the good ol’ times and maybe even smile. These books are being donated once they find somewhere that will accept these rejects.
People Have Been Talking About the Library Learning Commons
This is an article from the Central Minnesota Library Exchange. You can check out their website here.
BHS is a school with beautiful features all around the building, one including the Library on the second level. Most students here at Buffalo High School have never noticed what it says above it, “M. Darrel Miller Library.” So this brings up the question, who is M. Darrel Miller? Many students were clueless as to who he was, or even that there was a name above the library. Averaging around 200 students flowing in and out of the library each day, many of them had no concept knowing that the library they were in, was dedicated to a very special person.
“I didn’t even know the library was named after someone,” said Senior Malorie Davidson. “He must have been a really cool guy. Maybe he donated money, I have no clue.”
For a few teachers here at BHS, their lives had been impacted by Miller, and are always going to be reminded of him when they step foot into the library.
“I just remember him as an incredibly fair person, very laid back with that kind of quiet strength. You knew if he said no to you about something, he had a very good reason for it,” said former English teacher and current media specialist Denise Wahlin-Fiskum.
Miller was the superintendent for 18 years in the Buffalo School District.
“While Darrel was the superintendent, I was working as a Spanish teacher here, and a fellow teacher Julie Swaggert told me that Darrel had a son named John and she introduced me to him and eventually John and I got married which made Darrel my father-in-law,” said Director of Teaching and Learning Pamela Miller.
With having a job in the Buffalo school district, Pamela Miller has been able to meet many extra-ordinary people involved at BHS, but Darrel is one that will always stick out to her.
“I knew Darrel for eight years and the majority of the time that I knew him, Darrel and his wife lived up near West-Pulaski Park overlooking the lake. He was an avid reader, I have never met anybody like him. He read incessantly and he would go to the library with paper grocery bags and come home with grocery sacs full of books, and would normally be reading about 5 books at a time. Where they lived, they had a beautiful screened in porch and whenever the weather was nice, you could always find him sitting in his chair with bookmarks in these five different books around him.”
Since Darrel was such a devoted reader, after he retired from being the superintendent, he took up a job working at the local book store, Buffalo Books and Coffee. He wanted others to find the love of reading the same way that he had.
“While Darrel was the superintendent, the librarian wanted to put a security system into the library because students would be taking books from the library and not returning them,” said Pamela Miller, “and Darrel just went ballistic and he said, ‘If the only problem we have, is that kids are stealing books, I think that’s a good thing so I’m not going to put a security system in there.’ I think he just wanted kids to find that love of learning and reading because he could see that gain in reading so much.”