The mission of the First Presbyterian Day School Library is to encourage students to enjoy reading and appreciate literature, to provide access to a wide variety of materials, and to teach students information literacy skills. We hope to do this in an atmosphere in which students can become skillful, discriminating users of all our available media. The heart of our mission is to foster a lifelong appreciation of reading and learning in our students through the use of their God-given gifts.
A beautiful and inviting place, the library was renovated in the summer of 2012. The artwork on the walls was paid for by a donation from the 2012 sixth grade class. We house nearly 17,000 items for teachers and children to use, including fiction, nonfiction, biographies, and picture books (everybody’s favorite). We also have a reference shelf along with videos, DVDs, and audiobooks for the teachers’ use in their classrooms.
Students come to the library with their class every six days following our rotation schedule. Books are checked out for the six-day period. Second through sixth grades may check out two books a week, and first graders check out one book each visit. After Christmas break, our kindergarteners learn how to check out one book, which stays in their classrooms. Open library hours are every morning from 7:30 to 8:15. On Tuesday through Thursday we are also open after school until around 3:15. During this time students may exchange a book or take an Accelerated Reader quiz. Book hold requests may be placed by fourth through sixth graders if the book is not available.