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Our Learning Commons and Mission
Our Mission and Learning Commons

     Welcome to Monticello High School’s Learning Commons! Our mission is to work together to enrich the Monticello High School community a Learning Commons that is open and welcoming to everyone. By combining our print resource collection with new technologies available in this digital age, we hope to partner with students, staff and parents as we read for pleasure and knowledge, explore our world, and create products that will help solve global problems and enrich our lives.

Library Learning Commons Hours: 8:15 - 4:30, Monday through Friday       

Library Staff:

​​Michelle Kessler, Librarian (

Kelly Kroese, Librarian (

Gina Habermeyer, Library Assistant (

Circulation Procedures:

Students may check out a maximum of 4 books, which are due in 21 days. Students may receive permission to check out more than 4 books in special circumstances, such as Winter Break or a large, in-depth project. Unless a hold has been placed on a book, renewals are encouraged​.​

We do not issue fines for overdue books, but students must pay the replacement cost for lost or severely damaged books.


​​​​The Monticello Library Learning Commons      

The MoHS Library Learning Commons operates on an open schedule that is accessible and welcoming to the entire school community. While teachers can reserve space using our Me​dia Center Reservation System, walk-in visits are encouraged. Beverages, snacks and lunches are permitted. The Learning Commons areas described below are flexible and easily customized to accommodate teacher, student, and community needs.

Main Library / Center Common Area

Our central space is divided into multiple flexible spaces, such as readers’ lounge areas, several areas with small table seating, and our books, of course!.  Social interaction and collaborative work are encouraged.  Students are welcome any time throughout the school day with a pass from their teacher. 

​​Studio A & Studio B

 Available to the school community for creating and recording digital products. Groups using the Studios include:  Music Tech Independent Study students, classroom teachers and students, Independent Study / Research students, Mustang Morning music CD  production, student groups, students with a free period that have submitted a Project Sheet (with parent/caregiver permission).​

Glassroom                                                                                                                                        A semi-private instructional area, featuring a mounted, short-throw projector.  All Library Learning Commons resources and staff are available in a room with a glass wall that serves as an effective sound buffer, making this an effective, yet comfortable instructional area. 


Open Classroom

An additional instructional area featuring a short-throw projector. Not meant to be completely quiet or private, this space is ideal for collaborative work. This space also features a short-throw projector used to display Video Morning Announcements, real-time newsworthy videos, information for students, student products, and curricular-based videos as requested by teachers​. The Open Classroom is somewhat separated from the center space by the Maker Space and Genius Bar.

Maker Space                                                                                                                                                      

Adjacent to the Open Classroom, the goal of the Maker Space is to facilitate classroom and independent projects that produce hands-on, collaborative products. The Maker Space is equipped with tools, craft supplies, and a Cameo 2-D Digital Fabricator.


Genius Bar

The Genius Bar is an informal, technology-rich, digital learning space focusing on collaboration that results in a published product. It features tools, a 3-D printer, and tech supplies.


 Creative Classroom                                                                                                                             

An additional instructional area open for reservation by teachers, this space features a "green screen" for video production, Glassboards, and a set of 10 individual whiteboards. Flexible furniture and a casual setting in combination with the aforementioned equipment encourage the writing process and foster critical thinking, collaboration, and connectivity. It is suitable for activities that require more space than the typical classroom.

Reading Rooms                                                                                                                                  

​​These two connected rooms are reserved for quiet study and work. During Mustang Morning, the Writing Center, run by National English Honor Society volunteers, meets to assist students.
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​​These two connected rooms are reserved for quiet study and work. During Mustang Morning, the Writing Center, run by National English Honor Society volunteers, meets to assist students.​

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