Welcome to our warm, bright, state-of-the-art library: the Book Hive! PS 9’s library is stocked with nearly 6,000 books in the catalog, and more have just arrived! (Our goal is to fill the Book Hive’s shelves with 15,000 books.) The library also features nine desktop computers, plus a catalog computer, a white board and more. The Book Hive was unveiled in November 2010 and quickly became one of the most popular rooms in the our school. With its library-management software to help pinpoint online and offline resources, the Book Hive exemplifies PS 9’s determination to challenge and inspire each student according to their individual needs and interests. Please visit the DOE’s PS 9 library website to look at our catalog and find e-resources for you and your children.
Special Activities for Students
Did you know that parents and students can participate in Family Library Reading Time every Tuesday during Family Engagement, and you can visit the Book Hive and turn in and check out books at your convenience. You’re not obligated to stay for 40 minutes (though you’re always welcome to!). Visitors can also access a catalog computer for book searches, and that there are 6 other computers that students can use to do research or visit learning sites such as Starfall or BrainPop.
In addition, as the weather gets colder, families are encouraged to stop by the Book Hive any time from 2:40-3:20 pm. Ms. Nelson and library helpers will help students find and check out books, the computers are available for research and educational games, and students can spend time doing homework in the library, too.
If students are not able to take part in Family Library Reading Time, they can fill out a library permission slip and ask their teachers if they can visit the library during first period, Monday through Friday. Provided Ms. Nelson is not covering another class, she will help students find and check out a book.
Parents and students can also search for books online, at the following link: https://library.nycenet.edu/common/welcome.jsp?site=8786.
Our Library’s History
The 2,150-square-foot space originally served as a library decades ago but prior to its renovation had become a junkyard of furniture thick with paint, obsolete technology, and musty books. In 2009, PS 9 parents decided it was time for a big change, and a Steering Committee, led by former PS 9 parent Rebecca Shulman Herz, which included parents and staff from both PS 9 and MS 571 (which has since closed), was created to bring together all the elements needed to make the new school library come to fruition.
It’s hard to imagine the formerly cheerless space when you walk into the second-story room today. Opposite the door, 60-foot-long row of windows fill the room with light and flooring the color of yellow beeswax and warm white walls make it inviting. Maple furniture, including hexagonal tables, is in keeping with the concept and colors of a beehive.
The library’s designers set themselves the challenge of creating a space with the feel of a million-dollar library on a government budget. The modern hive concept was developed pro bono by interior designer and PS 9 parent Kiki Dennis to meet the Committee’s objective of a room that emphasizes community. PS 9 parent and graphic artist Chip Rich took the idea and ran with it, creating a Book Hive brand with a distinctive logo and fonts for its signage, bookmarks, book bags, and stationery.
The Steering Committee collaborated with Melissa Jacobs in the NYC Department of Education’s Department of Library Services, who helped them to identify key elements to create a “dream library”; worked with architecture students at New York City College of Technology (City Tech), taught by former PS 9 parent Illya Azaroff, to gather design ideas; and partnered with the NYC DOE’s Center for Assistive Technology to ensure the Book Hive offers resources for all students. Altogether the Committee raised nearly $500,000 from the City for the project, which was funded by the offices of Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and City Councilwoman Letitia James.
Creating the Book Hive was a truly collaborative effort. “We are blessed to live in a community where committed parents shared their professional expertise to help us create, raise money for, and build the Book Hive,” said PS 9 Principal Sandra D’Avilar.