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 and 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 learn basic library behaviors, including caring for library books, using shelf markers and general areas of the library. They also learn parts of a book. Story-time choices relate either to the curriculum or to seasonal events. Post-story discussion focuses on retelling main parts of a story and imagining sequels and alternative endings. Students are encouraged to make connections to themselves, the world and previous reading. Students may check out one book per class, but are welcome to exchange for another at any time.