About the Library
- Hours and Staff
- Our Mission
- Our Program
- Birthday Books
- Parent Volunteers
- Special Events
- Library Collection
The library is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:40 p.m and until 2:30 p.m. on most Wednesdays. Students, teachers, parents, and visitors are welcome throughout the day. The library is staffed by two full-time professional librarians, Francesca Mellin and Linda Spence and a part-time assistant instructional librarian, Laura Moulson.
After School in the Library: Parents and caregivers are welcome to accompany and oversee their child(ren) for quiet study. Staff in the Flex program administer the space and supervise enrolled students. Unaccompanied students not in Flex will be brought to the Dining Room at 3:45.
The Pike School Library supports the school's mission to develop a love of learning in our community. We strive to connect books with readers, and to help students, teachers, and parents find and use information resources effectively.
The library’s programs and services are grounded in The Pike School's mission statement, the current national standards of the American Association of School Librarians, and the work of thought leaders in the field of diverse and inclusive literature for children.
We further these principles by:
- Providing access to a wide variety of resources in many formats and from a range of viewpoints, to support learning and to inspire the imagination.
- Working in partnership with faculty to support and enhance teaching and learning.
- Promoting reading as a way to learn about ourselves and others, and as a way to see our own experiences reflected in literature.
- Teaching critical thinking skills to develop independent learners and responsible information users.
Lower and Middle School students have regularly scheduled classes in the library. Our youngest students enjoy a story and choose books to take home. In grades three through five, students are encouraged to learn to use the library’s resources more independently. Students become comfortable with our online resources and hone their critical thinking skills. We also nurture enthusiasm for literature, engaging students with projects such as readers’ theater and Mock Caldecott elections. The library is an integral part of the literacy curriculum, providing specialized readers’ advisory services and additional times for class visits. Upper School students visit the library to work on class projects in many different content areas and to choose free reading material. Upper School students are also able to use the library for relaxation during selected recess times.
There are many opportunities for students at all levels to develop as effective users and creators of information. From grade two research on animals to the grade eight history research paper, students are supported by librarians and teachers working together. For many class units and assignments, librarians create resource guides, customized collections of online resources to give students accessible and reliable information.
Through this program, students may select a book of their choice to be given to The Pike School Library in honor of their birthday. A bookplate with their name and birthdate is placed in the front of the book. The librarians are always happy to make suggestions based on current needs, but ultimately the choice is the family's. Children often choose a favorite topic or author when making their selection.
The annual Book Fair, held in November with the help of the Parents Association and Best Book Fairs, celebrates reading and raises funds for annual author visits. Past authors and illustrators have included Joseph Bruchac, Jarrett Krosoczka, Grace Lin, Mitali Perkins, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Melissa Stewart, and Matt Tavares. The Reading Without Walls challenge each spring invites our whole community to broaden their horizons by reading and sharing books and topics new to them.
Andrea Davis Pinkney
The library houses a print collection of about 18,000 volumes, comprised of reference works, non-fiction, picture books, early readers, fiction, and magazines, searchable through an online catalog. The online collection includes a suite of reference and periodical databases, and Overdrive, an e-book and digital audio platform. In addition, a collection of Nook e-readers are available for loan to students in grades three and up. Access to all resources is through the library’s website.
All students are encouraged to visit the library often to check out books for reading pleasure or for researching school assignments. Materials may be renewed, unless another patron has reserved them. Students are expected to be responsible for materials and will be asked to replace lost or damaged items.
- Lower School students may borrow one to four books at a time, depending on their grade level.
- Middle and Upper School students may borrow as unlimited numbers of books as long as their account is in good standing.