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 features a read-aloud story and discussion to help students develop a love of language along with an appreciation for literature. We encourage students 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.
In class, read-aloud choices focus on the author/illustrator relationship. Students discuss how illustrations enhance or extend the storytelling, with an emphasis on how a viewer’s point-of-view changes with narrative of the story. Other units, including Native American fables and biography, tie to the curriculum. Students may check out two books per class but may exchange them for others at any time.