The Edmond Sun

May 22, 2013

Deer Creek High School’s $2 million library open for business

Patty Miller
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Taxpayers in the Deer Creek School District are beginning to see the completion of the district’s projects being paid for from the October 2009 $142 million bond issue.

According to Jeremy Halferty, FlintCo Constructive Solutions project manager for Deer Creek High School’s projects, the about $2 million library is complete with the exception of pendulum lighting, which has been on back order for about four months.

The library boasts the latest in 21st Century design and is divided into areas for study including a room with a glass wall, comfortable chairs with built-in study arms for books and papers. There is also an area with a gas fireplace and two plasma flat-screen televisions always set on FOX and CNN channels.

“I come to the library a lot more than I ever did,” said Stephanie Long while seated in the television area. “It is so comfortable and I like coming here to study.”

The library also has a research area with 15 computers for student use and a computer lab with 30 computers for classroom use.

“I come in here to do research because I don’t have a computer at home,” said freshman Walther Keith.

The library also has a cafe run by students for the students to use.

“Cafe 641 was named by senior Casey Pattillo, who took the Dewey Decimal System number for coffee, to name the cafe,” said Mari Pace, librarian, “and the logo was designed by senior Nick Sassi.”

The cafe opens at 7 a.m. each day and closes at 1:30 p.m. Students may purchase coffee, hot chocolate, smoothies and more. A special area is set aside for sipping and studying.

“Our library looks different from our old library in many ways,” Pace said. “My plan was to build a library with a 21st century mind frame. The library was designed and built looking ahead for the next 10 or 15 years.”

Pace added all of the research and reference books are online.

“We have the most current fiction books available,” Pace said, “and we are building our non-fiction library to go along with the Common Core education that is coming. Our non-fiction can be loaded on a card and downloaded on iPads.”

Pace said the Deer Creek Foundation has provided funds to purchase applications used in the library each year, and each year she spends her general budget of about $6,000 to add to the library resources. Pace also runs the Student Store to help supply funds for books.