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New Canaan High Students Study Late at Library

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – With final exams under way, New Canaan High School student Harrison Burt knows it is crunch time. 

“I’m stressed,” said Burt, 17, sipping a drink in front of a pile of algebra notes Wednesday evening at the New Canaan Library. With his important junior year grades on the line, Burt wants to do well on Thursday’s final exam. So he pulled up a table at the library and got to work.

Dozens of New Canaan High students made the New Canaan Library a late evening hotspot in preparation for the oh-so-important final exams. The library is staying open until 10 p.m. every day this week, two hours longer than usual.

It’s a good thing, said classmates Stephanie Pares and Elaine Rojas, both 17. The girls said they might be more distracted if they were preparing at home or at a friend’s house. “It kind of takes you away from the distractions of technology,” Pares said.  

The library has hosted extended hours for years to help students prepare for midterm and final exams, Library Advanced Communications Director Stephanie Schechter said. “We know that kids need a place away from distractions to prepare for tests, or a place to collaborate on projects that are due at the end of the semester, and we are glad to be that place,” Schechter said.

The library was “slammed” with students in the late afternoons and early evenings this week, Schechter said. But plenty of kids were in the library after dinner Wednesday, studying alone or with classmates.  

Thomas Costigan and Duke Repko, both 17, said they were preparing for a U.S. history test for nearly five hours Wednesday. Being in front of a bunch of books at a library cubicle definitely sets the mood to focus, Repko said. “I feel like they pump something in the air to help you work,” he said.

The library will continue with extended hours Thursday evening.

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