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.
Read-aloud choices center on high-interest stories that engage students and lead to rich discussions. Students continue developing their attribution and citation skills with an emphasis on creating bibliographies for their work. They also refine their information search skills by focusing on appropriate keywords, assessing websites and assessing possible bias. Other units include the Library of Congress and primary sources related to Jamestown and Williamsburg. Students check out up to four books per class, but may exchange for others at any time.