Our library is at the heart of the school and is constantly in use by students, teachers, and parents. There is always room for someone else on the couch, around a table, on the pillows, or in the comfy chairs.
The community looks forward to Library Month held every March. The kick-off is a Come as a Favorite Book Character All-School Meeting, where everyone from PreK to teachers can recommend a beloved book. Author and illustrator visits give students first person experiences in writing and book production. Parent-child book groups share the joy of reading. A giant used book sale allows us to fill our home libraries with new adventures. At Fayerweather reading is more than a skill. It's a pleasure.
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PreK & Kindergarten
The PreK and Kindergartners come to library class every week. Their class begins in a group, to read aloud and talk about books followed by a time to browse the collection and choose books to take home or to take back to their classrooms. Students use the online catalogue to search for the perfect book. When they find it (through the help of the librarian or a friend) they check their selection out by scanning the book into the computer.
Elementary (Grades 1 - 4)
Library classes for the first and second grades follow the same format of reading and sharing books together. We also add in a long unit on the organization of the library that starts with basic sorting. Through various games created by our librarian, the organization of the library is revealed. By third and fourth grades, the read-alouds become chapter books and students take a larger role in recommending books to classmates. Library time is sometimes used to support classroom projects.
Middle (Grades 5 - 8)
Every middle school student continues to have library class once a week. Their library time is divided into a structured group read aloud or discussion and an unstructured browsing time during which they use the space to read and check out books. They learn to read like writers, thinking critically about genre, beginnings and endings, character, setting, and theme. In fifth and sixth grades, they also use library time to work on the Biographies Project. Seventh and eighth graders become active stewards of the library, helping to shelve books and suggest purchases. The librarian works with the humanities teachers to run book groups and create reading lists.