James Monroe Library
ON SEPTEMBER 4, 2019, James Monroe Elementary School celebrated the reopening of its school library. The construction project involved relocating the library from a small portable building and converting two empty classrooms into one large open space, with plenty of room for lots of books and dedicated areas for students to read. “We’re excited to have the library finally open and ready for kids to start reading,” said Jennifer McNiel, Monroe Elementary Library Media Tech. “We’ve dreamt about this. Five years ago, we were in a little portable; it was very dusty and not really functional for our school,” she recalls.
Madera Unified partnered with Lowe’s to help make the library an inviting place for students. “They came in and helped some of those dream aspects to come to fruition,” said Jennifer. Thanks to Madera Unified’s Maintenance Department and to Lowe’s Home Improvement for designing the library to look like something you would find in a Dr. Seuss book.
Monroe Elementary School was built in 1951 and is part of the Facilities Needs list that Madera Unified created to help prioritize the many renovation projects needed across the school district. Madera Unified strives to meet the many facility needs for its growing community and thanks its community partners for their support in making this happen.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss