Hawthorne Elementary unveils library renovation

Hawthorne Elementary School recently celebrated the renovation of its library, dedicating the space to New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani. Pictured, from left, are Hawthorne Academic Dean Shalynn Tinkel, Elkhart Education Foundation Director Ashley Boling Molyneaux, Adriana Trigiani, Elkhart Mayor Tim Neese, Hawthorne Principal Eric Chandler, Librarian/paraprofessional Deborah Clarkson and Elkhart Community Schools Superintendent Steve Thalheimer.

ELKHART — The library may be a new favorite spot for students at Hawthorne Elementary School – if it wasn’t already.

The school, located on Elkhart’s south side, recently celebrated the unveiling of its newly renovated library and dedicated the space to a nationally known author.

The library was designed in a superhero theme. The renovation was part of the Elkhart Education Foundation’s ongoing Living Libraries Project, an initiative that seeks to renovate all 14 of Elkhart Community Schools’ elementary libraries.

Like all the other libraries, Hawthorne’s new library features STEM learning centers, coding robots and Lego stations.

The purpose of the renovations is to create an epicenter of innovation for each elementary school where every student has access to state-of-the-art technology, according to Ashley Boling Molyneaux, the foundation’s director.

The foundation dedicated the library to New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani during a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week.

A graduate of St. Mary’s College, Trigiani is best known for “The Shoemaker’s Wife,” along with her well-known book series, including the “Big Stone Gap “ series, the “Valentine” trilogy and the “Viola” series.

She has traveled to the area from New York City numerous times to support the efforts of the Elkhart Education Foundation.

At the ceremony, she was also presented with a key to the city from Elkhart Mayor Tim Neese.

“We couldn’t be more proud of this beautiful new space that Hawthorne students will enjoy for years to come,” said Boling Molyneaux, who is also a candidate for mayor. “How special is it that a nationally known author has taken an interest in one of our schools.”

Hawthorne is the 12th library to receive a renovation under the Living Libraries initiative. The final two schools the foundation is working to complete are Woodland and Roosevelt.

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