Take one step inside the doors of Winship Library, and one will sense almost immediately how our community feels about books, reading, and literacy.
Students, faculty, and staff are surrounded here by over 21,000 volumes, both print and non-print. The ever-evolving program is an integral part of the Lower School curriculum, led by a Teacher-Librarian who supports students and staff across grades and subject areas in the Lower School and our academic community at large. Students proactively learn to locate, analyze, evaluate, and communicate information and ideas. Finding beloved literary classics and utilizing online solutions for locating “best fit” books and media speaks to the balance we hope our students achieve. From student search stations to a dynamic SmartBoard, private conference rooms to our inviting two-level Reading Cottage, whimsical curriculum-based murals to welcoming collaborative seating design, Winship Library boasts an ideal environment for students to grow into young scholars, readers, researches, makers, thinkers, storyteller, and tinkerers.
Winship Library seeks to foster a deep appreciation of literature and establish a lifelong love of reading. We know, value, and treasure the reading habits of each and every student—often helping students find that next new series to love or stocking our shelves with custom-ordered books and treasures. We recognize the changing landscape of 21st-century libraries and media centers; we embrace that growth but simultaneously value the magic that happens when the right book finds its way into a child’s hands; we utilize our identity as a pre-K through 12th Grade independent school to bring Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School students through our doors to fulfill leadership positions and apprenticeships.
Students enjoy access to online newspapers, age-appropriate periodicals, and a variety of digital equipment thanks to our collaboration with the Media Tech Lab. A completely automated public access Destiny catalog provides author, title, subject, series, and keyword access to the print and non-print resources. Many resources are divided into categories like “easy readers, fiction, non-fiction, biography, reference and video/DVD.” We strongly value reading for enjoyment; one will often find the room filled with the silent hum of students reading for pleasure.
Students visit Winship for instruction on a fixed schedule for both media/literacy classes and checkout opportunities. A flexible schedule day is available to support and enrich classroom activities across grade levels. Stories, thematic studies, creative writing, and library skills instruction form part of the curriculum for each grade.
Author visits became a cornerstone of our community outreach in 2016 with such noted celebrity authors as Nick Bruel, Katie Davis, and Ridley Pearson. Such endeavors will continue into the future!
We host a Lower School Scholastic Book Fair that generates an incredible amont of excitement and opportunities for family involvement. The Winship Library houses a vibrant Teacher Resource Collection and a Parent Library. Our Summer Reading list is carefully compiled and published by Winship Library each year; the list and connected activities can be accessed on the website. Tune into updates under “Winship Wows” in Media and Technology Class Pages to sample some of our annual lessons.