Library

The library program provides experience with the physical and digital operations of libraries and exposes students to a wealth of children’s literature.

 

Students employ the concepts of information literacy in using print and electronic resources—they become adept at identifying tasks, determining the best resources, and accessing, evaluating, using, synthesizing, and citing resources. Assignments and stories read aloud are integrated with classroom thematic or Global Studies curriculum to provide context, enhance relevance, and prepare students for current and future academic demands.

Each class comes to the library once a week for a lesson, a read-aloud, check-out, and quiet reading. Students may also visit the library individually, and the Meridian community is invited to check out materials from the regular or family education collection.

Students learn appropriate library behavior and proper care of library materials. They investigate the various sections in the library—fiction, nonfiction, magazines—and how those appear in the physical library as well as online.

In addition, Meridian students learn about the access and use of electronic information, including Internet safety and general technology/searching good habits. By practicing information literacy strategies with search engines, students gain experience in analyzing results and finding materials that are reliable, unbiased, age-appropriate, current, and factual, regardless of the medium.

Program Highlights

  • an annual school-wide book swap
  • book fairs coordinated by independent booksellers, offering quality books to the Meridian community
  • Research projects that integrate with Global Studies
  • Analysis of different mediums information takes, and which medium is appropriate for a given context
  • Library Recess: an option for students 2-5 to stay in for recess on Wednesdays and hang out, read, draw or play with manipulatives