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Why is Library Important to the Friends Academy Experience?

As children of this generation trade storybooks for screen time, the library is more important than ever. At Friends Academy, the library connects students with a curated, ever-growing selection of picture books, early readers, chapter books, graphic novels, middle reads, and young adult literature. By choosing independent reading books they enjoy, children build their reading skills and develop themselves as lifelong readers.

Starting with the earliest grades, students come to the library each week to listen to stories, check out books, and research school projects. Students use the online card catalog, signage, and picture labels to learn how to navigate the library. As they progress through Lower School, students learn 21st century research skills – from citing sources to safe online searching. By developing these crucial skills at a young age, students grow their digital literacy savvy and learn how to detect “fake news.”

“I love the library because there are so many books and tons of choices. And you get to borrow them for a week.”

Cy, fourth grade

Visit the FA Library Website

Search the online card catalog, access database links, look at suggested book lists, find free reading resources, and more.

Features of the Library Experience

  • A student holds up a book while standing next to a bookshelf at the library.

    Curated, Age-Appropriate Book Collections

    Dedicated sections of the library for early readers, chapter books, graphic novels, nonfiction, middle reads, and young adult novels.

  • Students sit at a table in the library with their laptops open.

    Classroom Space for Lessons

    The library features a classroom space with tables, chairs, and a projector, where students in grades 2 and up spend time learning about books, authors, and research skills.

  • A student researches on a laptop using an online database.

    Research Databases

    Students learn how to log into, navigate, and cite online research databases including Britannica, Gale, CultureGrams, PebbleGo, and Transparent Language.

  • A student sits on a couch in the library reading a book.

    Study Areas

    The library has comfortable sofas, tables, and chairs where students can read and do school work.

  • A student presents a Book Buzz at All-School Meeting.

    Opportunity to Present a Book Buzz

    Any student can present a Book Buzz (a short book report) at All-School Meeting to share a book they enjoyed and practice their public speaking skills.

Library Curriculum

All Lower School students visit the library for one 45-minute class period per week. Middle School students use the library independently and during class periods for research and to check out books.

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Early Childhood

  • Instill basic concepts of being a good library citizen, including appropriate library behavior, sharing materials, and borrowing and returning books
  • Help students get to know themselves as readers by exposing them to many different books and authors
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Kindergarten

  • Instill basic concepts of being a good library citizen, including appropriate library behavior, sharing materials, and borrowing and returning books
  • Help students get to know themselves as readers by exposing them to many different books and authors
  • Learn what research is and how to use print and electronic resources to do research
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Grade 1

  • Understand the basics of how a library works
  • Practice choosing “good fit books” that support developing reading skills
  • Learn about the parts of a book (including chapters, headings, and table of contents), copyright, and how to find information in a book
  • Lay a foundation for information-seeking skills
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Grade 2

  • Understand the basics of how a library works
  • Practice choosing “good fit books” that support developing reading skills
  • Learn about the parts of a book (including chapters, headings, and table of contents), copyright, and how to find information in a book
  • Lay a foundation for information-seeking skills
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Grade 3

  • Learn techniques and ethics of research, including searching databases, choosing reputable websites, and including proper citations
  • Practice methods of organizing digital research, such as saving images on Google Drive
  • Create a slideshow using digital research and organization skills
  • Discover new books for independent reading time
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Grade 4

  • Learn techniques and ethics of research, including searching databases, choosing reputable websites, and including proper citations
  • Practice methods of organizing digital research, such as saving images on Google Drive
  • Write a research paper about an author
  • Discover new books for independent reading time
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Grade 5

  • Review techniques and ethics of research, from searching databases and websites to including proper citations, and methods of organizing digital research (such as saving images on Google Drive)
  • Use digital databases and books to research major class projects, including interdisciplinary geography project and Agents of Change documentary film
  • Discover new books for independent reading time