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31R450 Curtis High School

Gregory Jaenicke is the principal of Curtis High School. His new librarian, Patti Patrissy, wrote the VITAL libraries grant so that the school could overhaul a space left idle during the pandemic and after the last librarian retired in 2019. Curtis High School is both an International Baccalaureate school and a Title I school, serving some of Staten Island's poorest neighborhoods. Patti envisioned a library for all and a place where not only the IB students would be able to find the resources they needed, but also a place welcoming the non-IB students as well. 

The school was built in 1904, hence the library is over a hundred years old. Patti wants to maintain the charm of the wooden shelves on the perimeter of the library, yet update the space to include modern furniture and most especially recreate a space similar to an academic library so that all students feel like scholars when they enter the space.

Before

Curtis HS library before photo

Old books on the old shelves in the back of the library. These old bookshelves lack appeal and are not consistent with the charm of the original library. They will be removed.

Curtis HS library before photo

This is a panoramic view of the library. The tables and chairs are made of stable wood, but lack charm.

Curtis HS library before photo

This is a corner of the library near the main entrance. The security gates will be removed as well as the furniture in the corner.

Curtis HS library before photo

This freestanding display case taking up a big footprint in the library has already been removed.

Curtis HS library before photo

Another panoramic view of the library. This one facing in the opposite direction and showing the bookcases in the back of the library.

Curtis HS library before photo

A better view of the bookcases which are to be removed.

Curtis HS library before photo

The books on the shelves in desperate need of weeding.

Curtis HS library before photo

The current soft-seating area.

Curtis HS library before photo

The wooden tables and chairs, the circulation desk to the back left, and the media lab to the back right.

Curtis HS library before photo

The media lab.

Curtis HS library before photo

The media lab is in need of some tender loving care.

Curtis HS library before photo

The circulation desk, which is to be removed and will make way for a kiosk.

After

Under construction sign

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