The Lower School Library is a vital, spacious area centrally located in the Lower School.
Students in Early Childhood through Fourth Grade have scheduled library classes. Students learn age-appropriate library and research skills, for example how to locate a book on the shelf. At each grade level the students are also read aloud to. Reading aloud is an important activity that benefits the listener by encouraging vocabulary development and broadening the imagination. During book selection time, the children are allowed to choose freely from the fiction and non-fiction collections. Occasionally, your child may select a book to bring home that is beyond his/her reading level – please use this as an added opportunity to read with your child.
In Fifth Grade, the librarian works with the classroom teachers as a team. Research skills are integrated into the Social Studies curriculum. Students continue to use print and non-print resources for their research.
At all grade levels, the librarian works closely with the classroom teachers to provide materials needed for planned units of study. The Lower School Library is also a place where children are welcome to come find answers to individual questions that they may have. Special collections available for circulation include World Language materials and audiobooks.
8:00 AM – 3:00PM, Monday through Friday
The On-Line Catalog
The on-line catalog includes information about the holdings of both the Lower School and the Kumar Wang library. It includes the libraries' circulating books, reference books, videos, music CDs, Books on Tape, DVDs, and other material. Patrons can search the catalog by author, title, subject, or keyword from any computer in the school as well as from any computer with access to the Internet by going to the Friends Academy Libraries Home Page and clicking on search the catalog.
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