Narnia, Hogwarts, Terabithia, and wherever those wild things are – these are just a few of the places students can visit on a trip to the St. James’ Library Media Center. In its colorful and quiet interior, timeless classics share the shelves with modern literary gems, and young learners cultivate 21st-century research skills and a love of reading.
St. James’ Library Media Center is a rich learning environment in which students delve into essential works of children’s literature, extend their core academic learning through research, and study independently or with peers in a quiet atmosphere with caring adult guidance on hand. The Library Media Center itself is a beautifully maintained facility housing a large collection of books to check out, including a wide variety of both fiction and nonfiction. The Center hosts two annual book fairs, several author visits per year, and a quiet study hall for students every day after school.
Working in the Center, students learn the value of respect for library materials and the learning environment; develop a deeper understanding of themselves and the world through exploring literature; and become inspired to read, write, imagine, and create.
By Grade Level
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
For Kindergarteners and 1st-graders, library lesson plans cover topics such as book care, how to use the online catalog, different genres of books, and the works and backgrounds of various authors. New literacy skills are introduced and practiced weekly, and story time is included in library lessons.
2nd and 3rd Grades
In addition to building on their knowledge of how to care for books and the library and of various important authors, students in 2nd and 3rd grades read developmentally appropriate chapter books and novels and supplement their academic work by learning to locate trustworthy information for research projects. New literacy skills are introduced and practiced weekly, and students practice their reading skills and digital literacy through the Accelerated Reader program.
The library curriculum for 4th- through 6th-graders focuses on sharpening online research skills and guiding students into deep critical reading. Students learn how to unpack text, critique literature, write book reviews, and selectively search for books using online databases. New literacy skills are introduced and practiced weekly, and students practice their reading skills and digital literacy through the Accelerated Reader program.