Learning at the Library

The Rancho Bernardo High School Friends of the Library (RBHS FOL) is actively seeking new members and supporters. The nonprofit organization’s mission is to meet the intellectual, curricular, and technological needs of Rancho Bernardo High students and staff. That mission includes funding half the salary of the RBHS Library Media Assistant, Theresa Bonafede.

“On a normal day before school, we have as many as 200 students using the library,” shared Theresa, adding that late-start Wednesday mornings can see closer to 300 or 400 students. They often need help finding books, printing assignments, and learning how to use computer programs and other library resources. “It is very difficult for two people to attend that number of students,” Theresa added. “We want them to be independent, yes, but we don’t want them floundering in the dark. Our goal is to have the time to teach them how to use a library, for college and for life.”

“Our goal is to have the time to teach them how to use a library, for college and for life.”

RBHS FOL relies on member support to maintain the valuable role of media assistant, and does everything with guidance from those impacted the most. “The board of the FOL now includes RBHS students and one graduate student who have contributed valuable ideas for FOL operations,” said Richard Mason, one of the organization’s founding members.

Upcoming opportunities to get involved include volunteering at RBHS FOL’s monthly used book sales and supervising students gift-wrapping at Barnes & Noble during the two weeks before Christmas. Learn how to volunteer and support RBHS FOL at www.rbhsfriendsofthelibrary.org.