Our Lady of Hope

The library at Our Lady of Hope/St. Luke’s School has been remodeled, and a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the library’s new look was held on Oct. 1.

DUNDALK — Just as the leaves start to turn shades of orange, one school’s celebrating the season with a makeover.

The library inside Our Lady of Hope/St. Luke’s School received a facelift, and they held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Oct. 1.

The library has a markedly different style from its previous layout. The fomerly drab walls have been painted lime green, hoping to add a pop of color when students, teachers and parents walk in.

“This was a community project,” Taylar Powis, school librarian and music teacher said. “Boy Scout Troop Our Lady of Hope 354 was a part of the painting and they redid the ceiling. There was an anonymous benefactor who donated money to us for new carpet and a call-back system, which is a system for implementing new books into the library.”

In the old library, Powis had an office that was in a separate room located on the left as you walk in. That office has been made into an audio-video room, complete with a green screen to provide various backgrounds during recordings.

Powis said that as many as 4,000 books were removed from the library. These are books written during the 1960s and 1970s, she said.

“We have new books coming in,” Powis said.

Several officials from the Archdiocese of Baltimore were in attendance for the ribbon cutting, including Superintendent Donna Hargens, who has been in the position since 2018, and Sister Irene Pryle, the principal of Our Lady of Hope/St. Luke School.

Sister Pryle opened the ceremony by discussing the history of the library and the history of Our Lady of Hope/St. Luke’s School. The library was then blessed, as holy water was sprinkled on every wall, and well as on every person in the room.

Once the space was appropriately blessed, an interactive ribbon cutting wowed the crowd. Members of the student council were given a pair of golden scissors. The ribbon was cut, and the new library is officially a part of Our Lady of Hope/St. Luke’s School.

Happy reading!