On December 1, the previous Jacket’s Nest officially became Audrey’s Café. Back in 2012, Audrey McBee Nunley, librarian at GCHS, entered a contest called Dream Library Makeover. She would become a finalist and then win a grant for $5,000 to realize her dream of a 50s themed café in the library.
Through the Jacket’s Nest, she hoped to share and encourage her love for reading with students. Always an avid reader, she could quickly point out a book to a student about whatever subject they needed. The Jacket’s Nest rewarded students with hot chocolate or cappuccino.
Audrey passed away, but not before the Jacket’s Nest was finished with the help of her husband and son. Others have said she worked many times when she was really too sick to work, but she just wouldn’t give it up. Sadly the room fell into being a storage room for the most part.
This year a Transition School to Work grant was received at the high school. Because of this grant, the Café, now named in memory of Audrey, is being run by students. Presently they serve hot chocolate, coffee, and hot tea, along with prepackaged baked goods to faculty and staff on Wednesdays. The students sewed purple and gold aprons to wear while working. This work-based learning experience teaches many skills such as greeting, taking orders, and serving.
Although the Café is not used quite as she had planned, family members agreed she would be happy of its new use. No one seemed happier that day than her son, Grant as he cut the purple ribbon to officially reopen the café.