The following is a Press Release about our library:
Library Dedicated in Memory of Beloved Student Receives Major Upgrade at Holy Cross Catholic School in South Portland
SOUTH PORTLAND---Thanks to over 400 hours of hard work by a small group of energetic volunteers, the Kathleen A. Wittmer Memorial Library (pictures below) at Holy Cross Catholic School on 436 Broadway received a major upgrade over the summer. The library is now automated with a web-based software system called Destiny. Over 4,000 books were entered and barcoded into the new system which will allow students, teachers and volunteers at the school to search the library’s collection from anywhere with internet access.
"It has created a new excitement and interest in the library for our school community," says Christine L’Abbé, Principal at Holy Cross Catholic School. "It has definitely put more books in the hands of students and teachers with this expanded access to our collection. This new library management system will support our library for years to come. Each student has a username and password to access it."
The project, and the library itself, is a labor of love for volunteers from the school community that acquire, catalog and label the books. The library is dedicated to Katie Wittmer, a second-grade student who lost her battle with cancer in 2007, in memory of her love of reading; her passion for learning; and her countless acts of courage, faith, hope and love.
Later that year, the idea of starting a school library in Katie’s name was developed. A happy and inviting place where students like Katie could find books that would further their Holy Cross Catholic School experience.
Fundraising and collection began in September of 2007. "Make Way for Ducklings" by Robert McCloskey, one of Katie’s favorite books, was the first book purchased. The Kathleen A. Wittmer Memorial Library officially opened on March 3, 2007.
Through proceeds from book fairs, fundraisers and the Love Our Library Campaign, the school has raised nearly $15,000 for the library in the past five years.
For more information about the automation at the Kathleen A. Wittmer Memorial Library at Holy Cross call 799-6661.
To log into our digital database of books and resources, just click on the following link https://holycross.follettdestiny.com and then hit "Holy Cross School" This will allow you to view all the wonderful books that we have for our students. As a parent of a student at Holy Cross School, you can monitor library book sign outs and status with a login specific to your student!