Flynn Elementary School library devoured by young
By Pat Murphy
February 18, 2006
After grim years of public school library closures, Flynn Elementary
School children yesterday devoured a new model for any imagination.
The large double-room where dreaming isn't a demerit stays open
all school day and book return date is "when they get done,"
explained teaching credentialed Librarian Ren Volpe.
Leonard Flynn Elementary School Librarian Ren Volpe with Supervisor
Tom Ammiano. Ammiano authored funding legislation which helped
make the library possible.
Supervisor Tom Ammiano, a former teacher and past School Board
member, described libraries as the heart of the school.
"When I taught in the last 60s and early 70s...we had fulltime
librarians and she knew the kids as well as we did.
"For us to have that stripped away from us during Bush-Reagan
years and Prop 13 was really criminal.
"We're trying to right that wrong. They need to maintain
something that is really special and that is a vocation not a
"In San Francisco we are trying to right that ship."
Acting School Board Superintendent Gwen Chan looked to more school
"I don't like to follow Supervisor Ammiano because is such
a great orator and he has the heart for our schools," said
"He served on the Board of Education. He made many, many
things possible for our classrooms and he continues do that with
"I'm looking forward to seeing more schools with librarians
and fully equipped libraries and seeing more teachers involved
with this valuable resource."
Mayor Newsom is welcomed by (from left), Ren Volpe, Daniel Topia,
and Jamani Holmes.
Fifth graders Daniel Topia and Jamani Holmes read
the Certificate of Appreciation presented to Volpe by Mayor Newsom.
"Congratulations for exciting these guys and making learning
fun and interesting," Newsom stated.
"We'd love to see this new model replicated across the school
system, and that's Gwen Chan's new job as our new superintendent,
and we want to make sure that happens in partnership with San