Northwood Arts & Sciences Academy reopens library after three years

Published: Monday, December 23, 2013 at 01:39 PM.

Last week, Dozer, a certified therapy dog, made his first monthly appearance at the library. Students who complete a reading log or become library regulars may read to Dozer "and hug on him," Petruzzi said.

Additionally, a library club has sprung up as students ask to help maintain the facility, Petruzzi said.

"I have kids coming in during their lunch time and saying, 'I want to be a junior librarian,'" she said. Those students help her shelve books and assist their peers in checking books in or out.

Bringing in community speakers to talk to students about books and reading is also on Petruzzi's agenda and, ultimately, she and Goode would like to see Northwood's library become a neighborhood resource.

"What we would like to do is open up the library in the (evenings), maybe from 6 to 7," Goode said. "We would be open to adults in the community wanting to build partnerships with our readers."

Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Brian Hughes at 850-682-6524 or Follow him on Twitter @cnbBrian.

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