The purpose of the library program is to expose children to all genres of literature and to foster an appreciation for reading. Additionally, the library program helps children learn to properly handle, care for, and respect books and the property of others. The library also serves as a resource for middle school students to apply the research method through the use of multiple sources.
The goal of the library program is for children to be able to independently locate resources based on genre and to use the bar code scanner to check out various materials and resources. Read-aloud and story time during library serve to foster an appreciation of illustrations as a comprehension tool and to strengthen students’ oral reading fluency.
The library provides materials reflective of the diversity of the students, including books based upon cultural and religious celebrations, historic events, accomplishments and struggles, as well as literature which helps to educate the students on the world-wide geographic origins of their families.
The library provides a wide range of opportunities to meet the needs of students from Preschool through Grade 5. The program for preschool students is comprised of stories being read to the students followed by an interactive verbal activity during which all of the students provide feedback on the story and offer suggestions for future choices.
New books are always being acquired, to both expand the diversity of choices as well as to update the library selections with new series and authors. The library complements the classroom experience by providing reading materials relevant to classroom subject matter, such as providing a Biography section for book reports, science, reference materials, etc., and by supporting early reading development.