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Brookfield Public Library offers quiet zone for high school students

Published: Saturday, May 25, 2013 12:03 p.m. CST • Updated: Sunday, May 26, 2013 9:47 p.m. CST
(Jerry Moore -
Riverside Brookfield High School students Alissa Vonbruchhaeuser (from left), Elika Gonzales, Youssra Ismal and John McClellan make use of a conference room at the Brookfield Public Library to study for their final exams. They are joined by Kat Bayton (second from right), Brookfield's teen services librarian.

BROOKFIELD – Studying for final exams in high school requires concentration, and a noisy household can be a big problem.

And is there a more reliable facility than a library when silence is a must?

For the second straight year, the Brookfield Public Library converted one of its conference rooms into a quiet study space for local students preparing for their upcoming exams. The Final Countdown, as the event has come to be known, was held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. May 20 and 21.

Students used the library’s Storytime Room to focus on their studies. The library provided pizza, snacks and beverages for the young people who showed up.

“We had one session last night, and we’ll have another tonight,” Kat Bayton, Brookfield’s teen services librarian, said May 21. “About seven students showed up last night.”

Aside from offering the students a quiet study room, Bayton said the library offered free Internet services, as well as databases for researching various subjects. Staff members also were available to help the students, she said.

The students who attended the Final Countdown session May 21 found the accommodations to their liking.

“It’s quiet, and I can ask my peers for help if I need anything,” said Youssra Ismal, a student at Riverside Brookfield High School. “It’s better than being at home.”

“It’s a quiet place to study, and it’s generally a close place to home,” said John McClellan, another RBHS student.

Bayton said this service to high school students is in keeping with the library’s overall mission.

“It’s a great thing,” she said. “We try and serve all patrons, young and old. So it’s great for high school students to have something like this.”

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