The original library was located on the third floor of the school and was completely remodeled in 1999 through funds received from the Joseph J. and Helen Weltmer grant of Greater Wayne County Foundation, Inc. This is the same room that housed the library when the school was built in 1922.
However, as of August, 2011, the entire library was moved down to the middle level of the school building. Two adjoining rooms were opened up to create a wide and welcoming environment for book selection and reading. Storage rooms are located on the third floor for the audio visual needs of the school. The new location is not difficult to find as bear paw footprints on the floor lead the way right to the library door!
An avid teddy bear collector, Li"bear"ian Marcia Hosfeld, has decorated the shelves and walls with many furry friends! Twice yearly, Mrs. Hosfeld operates book sales to provide funds for book purchases for the library. Thousands of dollars worth of books have been added to the library inventory from the successful book sales.
Shreve School PTO maintained a grant from Reading is Fundamental, Inc. for 30 years. Mrs. Hosfeld was involved in the RIF program during that entire time, serving as a coordinator starting in 1987. The purpose of RIF was to be sure that children were given ownership of free books to encourage the habits of life-long reading. Each year, the PTO supported the purchase of books with the federal government to offer free books to our students at three distributions. Over 54,000 free books were distributed to Shreve students since the program began! Sadly, in 2011, federal cutbacks forced the cancellation of our program.
With the support of the PTO, Mrs. Hosfeld was able to locate grants to continue the RIF tradition with one free book distribution at Christmas time. "Reindeer Games" were invented where children participated in several fun activities and were permitted to select a free book. Perhaps "Reindeer Games" can become a tradition as strong as the RIF tradition was in years past at our school.
In 2006, Mrs. Hosfeld was awarded the Anne Richardson RIF Volunteer of the Year Award. Selected from nearly 455,000 coordinators nationwide, she received the award in Washington, DC, where she was introduced to the members of Congress. She was able to address the importance of early reading programs, as well as, the effect these programs have on the developmental stages of children.
Mrs. Hosfeld has been employed at Triway Local Schools since 1986. She attended Ohio State University and Ohio University. She was formally employed by the Holmes County Training Center. She and her husband, Fred, live in Wooster and have three grown sons who attended Shreve Elementary School as children.
The Shreve School PTO has long been a supporter of the school library. Mrs. Hosfeld has held membership in the organization for over 30 years and served two terms as president when her children were in the school. Since that time, she continues to be an active member, serving on several committees and events each year.