HARRISON, N.Y. – With midterms and Regents exams around the corner for Harrison High School students, the library is hoping to help them through the process with extended hours.
“We know that they had midterms and Regents and thought it’d be a nice idea to have a place where they could study,” said young adult librarian Marilyn Horton. “We took a page from the colleges. We know they’re open late for study times and they have therapy dogs. We hope that we’ll get kids.”
The library is closed during the day on Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but it will open from 9 p.m. to midnight in addition to Wednesday night just for Harrison High School students. They must show their school IDs to enter.
“We’ll have quiet for studiers, and then in a separate room, probably the community room, will be the program for how to handle stress,” Horton said.
The Harrison Youth Council will present “How to Not Panic While Taking That Big Test,” which includes relaxation techniques and tips for better organization, at 9 p.m. Wednesday.
Horton hopes that high school students will show up for the programs.
“The PTA was very happy when they got word of this, and they sent out information about this,” Horton said. “We hope that everyone will be notified of it, and we hope that people turn out, because we really want to support them. We’ve tried different programs and they haven’t shown up for that, so we’re trying to find out exactly what they need and want.”
Library Director Galina Chernykh shared Horton’s sentiment about helping the students of Harrison.
“I don’t expect a huge, huge crowd, but I do feel that kids will take advantage of it,” she said. “It’s good for Harrison residents to know that their library is innovative. We know everyone wants to get A’s and we are here to help.”