We have two main goals in Library: to help students become successful seekers, users and integrators of information from many sources, and to promote reading as a lifelong skill and pleasure. Skills to seek, evaluate and synthesize information are implemented across the grades at developmentally appropriate levels. Each class also includes a read-aloud story and discussion to help students develop a love of language along with an appreciation for literature. Students are encouraged to seek out their areas of interest from our rich collection of both physical and virtual resources. Research and citation skills are reinforced in the homeroom with instruction and support from the librarian.
Students use a variety of print and online resources as they begin learning research skills, including basic citation. Read-aloud choices focus on fun, engaging stories with rich language. Post-story discussion emphasizes retelling the story, the sequence of events and making predictions from text or pictures. Students are encouraged to make connections to themselves, the world and previous reading. Students may check out two books per class but may exchange them for others at any time.