• Welcome to the Lathrop Learning Center 

    Mrs. Tapia & Ms. Contreras, Library Media Tech's
     Phone Ext. 53361
     
    LearningCenter
     
     Library Hours 
    Monday: 8:00AM- 2:30PM (Not Open after school)
    Tuesday- Friday: 7:45AM- 6PM (Open after school)
    Saturday: 8:00AM-12:00PM
  • Mission Statement 

    The Lathrop Learning Center seeks to provide equitable access of information to our students, teachers, and parents so that this access fosters student agency in growing their literacy skills, critical thinking skills, and love for lifelong learning. 

     

Meet Your Lathrop Librarians

Mrs. Tapia
Mrs. Tapia

Phone: Ext. 53361

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Tapia

What made you want to become a librarian?

As a reading history teacher, I have seen the need to promote reading at an early age to build student self-advocacy and success. Time after time, I have seen students reach high school without the confidence to take on academic opportunities because of their low reading levels. I realized that I have a desire to work with students at the middle school level to prepare them for high school so that they are not afraid to tackle their own personal pursuits.

What's your favorite part of the job?

My favorite part of working with the students here at Lathrop is watching them take on the initiative to select a book within their reading level so that they can reach their reading goal and checking in with their teachers about their progress.

What's one thing you want students to know?

I want students to know that reading can be hard and intimidating, especially if you were never encouraged to read at an early age. I was the type of student who always took on advanced courses in high school and even when I made it to college, I realized that I was years behind in my reading. However, instead of feeling embarrassed, I sought to improve my reading and asked a lot of questions to my professors and friends who guided me in my reading and writing process. Now, I enjoy reading.

What's one of your favorite books or authors?

Definitely, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho because it's about a boy named Santiago who is afraid to take risks, but by pushing himself to take on a scary journey he discovers his purpose in life. I also love the I am series because these books teach me about individuals who have left an impact in our American history.

Ms. Contreras
Ms. Contreras

Phone: Ext. 53361

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Contreras

What made you want to become a librarian?

What started off as a small part-time job, became a real passion. I truly love my job and feel very lucky to do what I do everyday. I deciced to go into this field because I feel it is important to help students develop a love of reading, especially at a young age.

What's your favorite part of the job?

My favorite part of my job is finding creative ways to promote reading like making fun displays as well as creating a welcoming and inclusive environment. I also do enjoy tinkering with the makerspace and get excited to see students make, explore and get creative!

What's one thing you want students to know?

I want students to know that books are great tools for exploring the world and learning interesting facts about our universe and ourselves. It's important to find books that YOU find interesting, books that make you laugh and cry, books that you find relatable, and books you don't want to put down because you want to know how it ends. Those are the books that will spark a love of reading.

What's one of your favorite books or authors?

My favorite book is The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. This book isn't very long, but the story is captivating. It's a ficitonal story about a silverback gorilla named Ivan. The story is narrated by Ivan, so you will get to read and learn about his story through his point of view, you will get know his friends as well as his view on humans. This story will make you laugh, cry, angry, sympathize with the characters and maybe even question yourself as a human being.

Fun facts:

1) the book is based on a real silverback gorilla named Ivan who lived a similar life as the one in the book.

2) The book is currently being adapted into a movie!