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.