Lower School Library

The Lower School Library serves as a resource for age 3-grade 4 students, teachers and parents. The collection of more than 10,000 books and electronic resources provides recreational reading materials, as well as informational texts to support the curriculum and the students’ research needs.

Students visit the library once a week to participate in a library lesson and to check out books. Library lessons focus on a range of topics, from literature appreciation to information literacy skills. Through out the year, girls begin to learn the first steps towards becoming wise researchers. Additionally, story times and class read-a-louds for all grades promote reading as a joyous and rewarding activity.

The number of books a student may check out is dependent on the child’s grade. Books check out for one week, although students have the option to renew a book if they would like to keep it for an additional week. Girls are given freedom in their book selection to choose texts that appeal to their interests.

The Lower School library maintains a collection of books specifically for parents and teachers. The collection focuses on the educational and psychological development of children, specifically girls.

Through out the year, the library sponsors several special events and programs. Programs such as our Birthday Book Club and twice-annual book fairs help to sponsor guest speakers, such as nationally-renowned children’s book authors and illustrators.

Lower School Library Downloads

  • Subscription Databases Video Tutorial
    Click here for a video tutorial about the subscription online databases provided by the St. Catherine's Library.  Please do not share the IDs and password contained in this video with people outside the St. Catherine's Community.

Faculty & Staff: Orientation, List of Databases, & Copywright

Collection Development Policy

The Library Department of St. Catherine’s School endorses the American Library Association Bill of Rights and the American Association of School Librarians Bill of Rights which assert that the responsibility of a school library is as follows:

A.   To provide materials and electronic access to resources that will enrich and support the curriculum, taking into consideration the varied interests, abilities, and developmental levels of the students served.

B.   To provide materials that will stimulate growth in factual knowledge, literary 
appreciation, aesthetic values, and ethical standards.
C.   To provide a background of information that will enable students to make
 intelligent judgments in their daily lives.

D.   To provide materials on opposing sides of controversial issues so that young 
citizens may develop, under guidance, the practice of critical reading and thinking.
E.   To provide materials representative of the many religious, ethnic, and cultural 
groups and their contributions to the heritage of the United States.
F.   To place principle above personal opinion and reason above prejudice in the 
selection of materials of the highest quality in order to assure a comprehensive collection for and breadth of digital/electronic access appropriate to the users of the library.
All members of the Library Department contribute to the selection and acquisition of materials, which are based on a variety of professional journal articles and review sources as well as standard subject bibliographies (see Appendix B).  Recommendations and requests from students, faculty, and staff are considered for purchase provided corroboration via a positive review from a professional or authoritative source, inclusion in a standard subject bibliography, or otherwise satisfying the stated acquisition criteria.

The collection development policy was written in accordance with the school's mission statement and core values.

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