THANKS to the generosity of parents and past pupils, CBS The Green now has a brand new, fully stocked and comfortable library in which students can study to their hearts' content.
On Thursday evening last, journalist and writer Billy Keane visited the school to open the new school library, which was officially presented to CBS The Green Principal Anne O'Callaghan by the school's parents council.
The library project began a year ago when the parents council undertook the task of transforming an old and empty room into a vibrant, fully-functional and staffed library and media centre.
The success of the project was due to the combined effort of parents, staff, students and the support of local businesses and the community. Over the course of a year, the school community held a variety of fundraising initiatives which included bag packing, bake sales, a table quiz, student concerts, a staff lunch, raffles, collections and a 'buster night'.
One of the most successful of these events was a book drive which saw parents, past students and businesses donate some 700 books to the library.
In total, the year-long fundraising effort raised €40,000 to completely refurbish the room and stock the bookshelves.
The project has been overseen by Laura Mahoney, who recently completed a Masters in Information and Librarian Studies at UCD and who is currently serving an internship as CBS school librarian.
The new library has computer work stations with internet access for research and career information, a study area and a "cozy corner" with a television for watching educational videos.
It will be used to support The Green's new literacy and numeracy initiatives, to provide a quiet place for study and reflection and to encourage reading and a love of books among students.
While the library is now open, the school is still seeking more books and the school is asking parents, alumni and the wider community to help out by purchasing a book for the library. Easons, O'Mahonys and Polymaths in Tralee each have a 'Fill Our Shelves' book list and books can also be purchased online from wish lists that are available at at omahonys.ie or amazon.co.uk.