All you need to know about the Walter H. Annenberg '27 Library from Zoe Chao '23, staff writer for The Peddie News
Traditional media center, study space, festivity room and more, the Walter H. Annenberg ’27 Library serves myriad needs of the Peddie community. From attending the annual Library Holiday Party, famous for its generous prizes, to studying late-night with friends, students congest the space, filling it with both laughter and diligent work.
Like many of her peers, Priyanka Nanayakkara ’22 goes to the library to study. “For me, it’s much more effective than studying at home. At the library, I have access to so many resources such as textbooks, snacks, writing center, etc.,” said Nanayakkara.
The resources of the library abound; students can browse through 33,000 books on the shelves, choose from 5,000 DVDs and access over 100,000 ebooks online. The print collection consists of a wide range of materials, including non-fiction books, magazines, pleasure books, textbooks, journals, and more.
“The library should be the first stop for anyone with a research paper, project, PowerPoint, etc. The non-fiction print collection is very good, college-level titles, things that you can’t find on the internet,” said Library Director Brian Dubrule. “The library subscribes to the most useful databases out there, including JSTOR, ProQuest, Oxford Research, all which students will use when they get to college.” The library’s research databases are available online.
Students can browse through 33,000 books on the shelves, choose from 5,000 DVDs and access over 100,000 ebooks online.
Aside from academics, the library also provides students with basic supplies such as “two copies of every book used in class,” said Evan Sassin ’23. “At the main desk, students can also check out calculators, headphones, wireless mouse, and laptop chargers, calculator charger, phone charger, tape, staplers, paperclips, scissors and other office supplies they may need,” Sassin continued.
The library staff is perhaps the library’s most valuable resource. “The librarians are great resources. Whenever I need help with my research, they are always willing to help me,” said Nanayakkara.
Every minute that the library is open, someone is there to help you pick a new book to read, get started on research, find that one last primary document, or help format your bibliography. “The best thing at the main desk is the library staff. Some of the staff have library degrees, some taught AP US History at their previous school, some have worked there for over 20 years and have seen every project assigned, and all are there ready to help you,” said Dubrule.
Students find that the library gives them the opportunity to study in a way that best suits them, from solo studying to collaborative work— even hanging with friends and snacking. “The library is a great space to study without distraction, especially downstairs; work with other students, whether that be socializing or actually studying; and to get your sugar fix [at Cafe Annenberg]! I also highly recommend getting to know the librarians. They are delightful people that do so much for our community!” said Clara Choi ’21.
Read on to find out Peddie students' favorite snacks sold at the Annenberg Café (located in the library) as reported on the "Peddie Food Blog."
1. Panda Cookies
Coming in a strong first place are the chocolate Panda Cookies. These small, pale, and plump looking bits of hard dough are absolutely spectacular. A lovely surprise of quality chocolate awaits once you bite through the light and buttery shell. Although pricey coming at $1.75, these Panda Cookies are a great addition to your diet, especially during post-exam depression. Unlike the animal on the box, PANDA cookies are not endangered, so go buy yourself a box. You can find these tasty snacks in the library; they’re the perfect comfort food for your mental breakdowns. Panda cookies will always have your back.
2. Probar Bolt Organic Energy
Next up are Probar Bolt Organic Energy Chews. Like droplets of ambrosia from the Greek gods, they are full of electrifying sugar sure to propel you through that marathon which is exam week. So chewy, so sweet, so absolutely perfect. By far the most popular are the Pink Lemonade chews, their sticky sweetness clinging to your mouth like dryads clinging to Grover once he whips out those stunning reed pipes. The chews lean towards the expensive side, costing over two bucks, but surely the sugar is worth it when it makes you feel (almost) as powerful as our favorite water-spewing demigod.
3. Black and White Cookie
Finally, the best financial choice you will ever make, the Black and White cookie is a Peddie fan favorite. Coming in at a remarkable 50 cents, you find yourself with the Black and White cookie. One word to describe this cookie: SWEET. When you’re in desperate need of a sugary, cost-effective snack, this is the way to go. It is proven that the luscious, chocolatey black half stimulates gray matter of the left cerebral cortex–getting you that A+ we all cherish. The vanilla half, meanwhile, results in at least a 30% decrease in your next math assessment, for it promotes myelination of liver cells (Not scientifically proven). Of course, that’s not true, but whatever it’s sugar.
Honorable mention prizes go to the chips and HiChew, also amazing snacks. Overall, the Annenberg Cafe is a must-go stop in The Peddie School, fueling athletes, scholars, and hungry embryos. Go treat yourself to a dopamine enhancing snack, preferably one of our top three. You deserve it!