NEW BERLIN — Come AP exam time, the library will again be the in place to be, as it will stay open late for high schoolers cramming for high-stakes college level exams. A good grade on the AP (advanced placement) exams will mean college credit for the students.
Last spring was the first time the New Berlin Public Library, 15105 Library Lane, kept the light on late for the kids studying for their AP exams, and the kids poured in.
This was not a party time, either, said Emma Cobb, adult services librarian. The kids busily studied by themselves or worked together on end of year projects, she said.
"They were very focused," she said.
And sometimes they were a bit tense, the library folks noticed. So this year, the library has invited a therapy dog to visit and bring a little calm and maybe a little humor into the study time.
The calming effect of animals on humans has long been known, Cobb said.
"Anything we can do to relieve some of the stress," she said. The dog will be one of the dogs who come to the library regularly for the Read to Rover program. Little kids read to the dogs to improve their reading.
This year, the library will hold nine AP study times, staying open as late as 11 p.m. on three of them. Some of the study times will be during the day and some during the afternoon and evening. The kids could be in the Heritage Room, the Community Room or the Teen Suite, or in all three.
The schedule of AP study times as of now is 3-8:30 p.m. April 25, 3-8 p.m. April 27, 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. April 29, 1-7 p.m. April 30, 3-8:45 p.m. May 1, 3-11 p.m. May 3, 1-3:45 p.m. May 7, and 8-11 p.m. May 8-9.