Originally published: September 3, 2013
Deer Creek High School unveils modern library
Deer Creek High School students are now using their new media center
“Hush” is not a word Deer Creek High School students hear very often in their new library.
Then again, the $2million addition to the school has little in common with the traditional school library, including its name.
The Deer Creek Media Center still has books and desks, but the inclusion of a café and more than 40 computers has turned the new space into a place for students to socialize, grab a bite or conduct research.
The center was a work in progress for two years and the final part of it opened in April, said Wendy Frailey, director of the center. This fall will be the first semester students can take full advantage of their school’s newest addition.
The completion of the media center is just one part of the more than $150 million bond project that financed a number of improvements and additions to Deer Creek schools.
The high school saw the completion of 20 classrooms, and a performing arts and athletics center is scheduled to be finished this fall.
Jordan Tarter is a junior and works as a barista at Café 641 during the first hour of school.
She said students line up in the morning to get some coffee or a snack before their first class.
“I think it’s a really good addition,” she said. “I think it will encourage the students to spend more time in the library.”
Students may be excited about having a space to drink coffee and hang out, but the media center still serves its main purpose.
However, there aren’t row sand rows of books like on would normally expect. Frailey said that’s because most of the reference and research books have been put on the computers to make it easier for students to search.
There are mostly fiction books on the shelves, Frailey said, which frees up space.
And even though it may get distracting with people eating and talking, students don’t need to worry about finding a quiet place to study. The center also features a glass reading room apart from the hustle and bustle.
Jenny Snyder, 17, uses the study room in the new media center at Deer Creek High School. Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND - PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND
Mariah Cooksey, 15, reads in the new media center at Deer Creek High School. Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND - PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND
Junior Jordan Tarter, 16, serves coffee to Jennifer Phan, 17, in the new media center at Deer Creek High School. Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND - PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND
Seth Beam, 17, and Andrew Prescott, 18, use one of the tables in the new media center at Deer Creek High School. Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND - PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND
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by Scott Oglesby