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Off the side of the library, thereās a small room with towering shelves, a distinctly bookish smell and thousands of textbooks ā actually thousands. On average, the 17,000 textbooks that are in circulation each year eventually find their home in the textbook room, passed through the hands of Cathy Lobretto, the textbook clerk.
Though Lobretto worked in Diamond Bar High School for five years, she transferred to Walnut High School on Aug. 1, 2012 and started to work on organizing the classification system.
āWell, [when] I came here I was told to make it my own, and I think itās definitely now at this point, since Iāve become more organized,ā Lobretto said. āThe novels were all thrown in boxes, and they were in the back between the shelving, so you literally had to turn sideways to walk down. The organization came in, first of all, [and] by doing that, I felt like I could keep track of my inventory better, you knew how many books you had because back there, it was such a mess.ā
To organize the novels, Lobretto barcoded and alphabetized all the books and stored them on the shelves in the front of the textbook room. The textbooks, categorized by subject, were moved to the back room.
āMy proudest moment is after I got it all organized in here. Any teacher could walk in, and I would hear, āI canāt believe thereās a floor in hereā or āI canāt believe how it looks now compared to how it did before,āā Lobretto said. āThat makes me proud because it makes it easier for teachers to walk in and see where things are too. Iām very glad that I can leave my successor with an organized place, I wouldnāt have it any other way.ā
As one of her last feats before retirement, Lobretto designed a guide that connects textbooks to their respective classes to better help volunteers find them during textbook distribution.
āIāll miss the people and the students. Iāve liked getting to know different students and talking with different students, and Iāve always been amazed at how many students here are so focused.
By Haixin Guo, Copy lead
Photo by Jessie Dixon