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Read, learn, and grow at the Lower School Library!


In this newly-renovated (2015) space, students can curl up with a reading buddy and favorite book in one of many cozy nooks specially designed for little bodies, build a reading fort with a friend or two, look for books using the online catalog and check them out themselves using the self-checkout computer, ask a knowledgeable and enthusiastic librarian for suggestions on what to read next, learn how to use a new app or database, and much more.

The Lower School Library program is a fine balance of literature appreciation and information literacy skills. The Lower School Library hosts an array of reading events throughout the school year such as author visits, book fairs, reading celebrations, and participation in the North Carolina Children’s Book Award. Information literacy skills are integrated in the classroom curriculum and are taught by classroom teachers as well as Natalie S. Harvey, the Lower School Librarian. These skills are aligned with the American Association of School Librarians Standards for the 21st Century Learner.

The Lower School Librarian purchases and maintains a variety of current level-appropriate nonfiction and fiction titles for students, teachers, and parents that cover a wide range of topics. To read more about how the librarian makes decisions about what to purchase for the library, please refer to the Collection Development Policy.

A Place for Exploration and Discovery

At the beginning of the school year, Lower School students learn how to locate titles, authors, and genres; how to check out books for personal and classroom use; and how to respect and care for library materials. Students also learn the library Checkout Policies and how to be good stewards of the space.

Students visit the library weekly with their classes to browse for and check out library books. Lower School students may also visit the library during lunch recess to read, check out books, draw, or do other quiet activities.

Additional library time is scheduled by teachers for a variety of purposes. For example, language groups may visit the library to find nonfiction books to support students’ writing or to learn about a specific genre. Other times, small groups of students may visit the library to learn how to use a nonfiction database for information or to work on technology and research projects. Classroom teachers work collaboratively with the Lower School Librarian to plan and teach research projects throughout the year. With this flexible schedule, the Lower School Library and Lower School Librarian can best support students and teachers.

For more up-to-date information about the Lower School Library, including links to the library catalog and subscription databases, please check out the library blog. 

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Carolina Friends School          
4809 Friends School Road
Durham, NC 27705
919.383.6602 tel / 919.383.6009 fax / info@cfsnc.org

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