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Teaching 1,700 teens how to use library

From left, Erica Villar, Shawn Nunnally, Joseph Ford and Sierra Garcia, students in Micaela Reyes' 10th grade English class, accept bookmarkers and candy Thursday from Manteca High librarian Nina N...


POSTED April 17, 2009 1:45 a.m.
On National Librarian Day Thursday, Nina Norton sported a tiara, a t-shirt reading “Librarian Goddess,” and even toted a wand throughout the school day.
As the librarian at Manteca High for the past four years, she distributed bookmarks attached with candy kisses to those students using the resources at the facilities on her special day.
“I used the bookmarks to inform students about Internet safety,” said Norton, who was a history teacher for 24 years.
The MHS library is equipped with computers along with publications and, of course, books.
In fact, the book covers on several of the classics have since been refurbished by students in Kirt Giovannoni’s advanced art classes in recent years.
Norton, meanwhile, proudly pointed out the newest addition to the library consisting of black and white prints hanging on a section of the wall taken from students in the photography classes.
In addition, students in English, science, special education, AP classes and those preparing to take the California High School Exit Exam and the Academic Decathlon, to name a few, rely on the resources of the library, according to Norton.
 “I’m a library teacher,” she said. “But instead of a classroom, I’m now helping 1,700 students of the school.”
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