Northwood Arts & Sciences Academy reopens library after three years

Northwood Arts and Sciences Academy

Northwood Arts and Sciences Academy media specialist Kristal Petruzzi assists as second-graders, from left, Erica Carroll, Abygayle Hoist, Alison Cruz and Brandyn Hickingbottom check out books.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, December 23, 2013 at 01:39 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Since November, Northwood Arts and Sciences Academy students have been discovering a new world contained within the pages of books.

"They're really excited," media specialist Kristal Petruzzi said. "We haven't had a library in several years."

Prior to Petruzzi's appointment, Northwood's library had been shuttered due to budget reductions that cost the school its former librarian. Volunteer staffers helped it open occasionally.

That was before Dr. Donna Goode, the school's new principal, took the helm for the 2013-14 school year.

"Our principal said reading is a priority at Northwood," Petruzzi said.

Goode asked school superintendent Mary Beth Jackson for funds to allow the library to open full time.

"I am so thankful that our superintendent made opening our library a priority," Goode said.

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