Welcome to Mrs. Marwell's webpage.
The new Quaker Ridge Library opened for service in September 2008. The old library was torn down in June of 2007. For the intervening year the library operated out of a classroom with a minimal collection; the bulk of the collection went into storage for that school year. Our splendid new facility offers three teaching stations, thirteen student computers, and a collection of around 30,000 volumes.
The staff includes a full-time librarian, Mrs. Patricia Marwell, and a part-time aide, Mrs Addie Perotta.
In June of 2009 graduating SHS senior Sumira Takamatsu created a mural of book characters behind the circulation desk as part of her Senior Option project. Sumira moved to Scarsdale in sixth grade and so never attended Quaker Ridge, but her younger sister spent one year here. We are so grateful that Sumira thought of Quaker Ridge when she wanted to share her artistic talent. The children love to identify favorite characters on the wall as they wait for their library books to be checked out. (Sumira also painted a mural near the elevator on the ground floor. Check it out!)
When are we here?
The library is open during school hours. There is no staffing before or after school.
There is always an aide at the desk in the morning, so that is a better time for dropping in. Classes are scheduled throughout the day. When an afternoon class is in the library, there is usually no aide to assist drop in patrons.
It is suggested that parents call ahead (914-721-2787) and make an appointment if they need Mrs. Marwell's assistance for research or book selection as there are many scheduled classes during the school day.
All present Quaker Ridge staff, students, and their parents may borrow books. Students will be entered into the data base automatically every September. Parents will be asked to fill out a simple registration form on their first visit. This will have to be done only once; your registration will remain active as long as you have students in the school.
How long may I keep books?
The Scarsdale elementary schools switched to a 6-day schedule in 2009-10. Since classes visit the library every six school days now instead of every five, the circulation period reflects the new pattern of cycles rather than weeks. Books checked out by a student on Day B should always be returned to school on the following Day B. Bookmarks will indicate your child's library day.
Books may be renewed, but we need to be able to scan the book's bar code to renew it, so encourage your child to bring all books back every library day, either for return or for renewal.
We do not charge late fines, but a lost or damaged book will be billed at replacement cost.