Lower School

Lower School Library Services

The SCH Academy library program supports the school’s mission to prepare students to be active learners and responsible global citizens. 

We strive to: 
  • help students and teachers find and use information effectively:
    • online information is rapidly changing and increasing with few quality controls; it is even more important to teach students to access, critically evaluate, and appropriately utilize information.
  • provide access to a wide variety of resources—print and digital—that support curriculum, inspire the imagination, expand our worldview.
  • help students develop competency in and joy of reading—and expand view of “valued reading” and literacy
    • to include books, magazines, newspapers, blogs, and other digital resources, graphic novels, and new media.
  • create a “reading rocks” culture via book sharing, book commercials, and promotions.

Our Lower School Program

Encourages and supports independent reading:
  • Reader’s Advisory – work one-on-one and in collaboration with classroom teachers to help students find books of interest at a comfortable reading level
  • Philadelphia Reading Olympics
  • Booktalks
  • Book displays and contests
  • Coordinate author visits 
Provides in-class and in-library instruction on the following:
  • Locating fiction and nonfiction in the library
  • Searching for online resources to support individual interests and school projects
  • Evaluating resources for reliability, accuracy, bias, and currency
  • Citing sources
  • How to present project information
  • Digital citizenship/creating digital footprints
Offers technology integration:
  • Provide a diverse collection of digital resources
  • Use iPads for research
  • Create video book review
  • Use iMovie, Scratch coding, Animoto, Google Apps to create and collaborate
  • Utilize social media to promote reading/student work: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Librarians collaborate with homeroom teachers and attend all grade-level, department, and division meetings to stay fully integrated into the academic and social lives of Lower School students.

Program Highlights

  • Collaborate on reading program including high-touch reader’s advisory.
  • Integrate iPads and other technology tools to enhance learning in the library.
  • Teach research process including how to select appropriate websites and cite sources.
  • Work side-by-side with classroom teachers to help students with research projects.
  • Offer open library time before and after school: families are welcome to visit to select additional library materials to enjoy at home.
  • Exposure to wide range of genres, cultures, and families in both print and digital formats.
  • Coordinate visiting authors and illustrators, plus book fairs and other special events.
  • Students create video book commercials and use Scratch to code literature responses.