List of 3 items.

  • Lower School

    The Lower School library is one of the first places many kindergarteners begin their school day and bookbags are where their journey to becoming independent readers begins. Before school each morning, children come in to pick out a new bookbag from a selection of 100 bags, each with three books offering new books and classics, poetry and nonfiction.

    Lower School Librarian Kim Simpson started the program when she took over the library. “I noticed that the boys checked out books on war, the girls picked Disney books based on movies. I knew I could select books that were more expansive to their worlds and more appropriate to their reading levels,” she says.

    Kindergarten is the only grade that has prescheduled library classes. During this time we read to them as a group—stories, poetry, biography. Parents communicate with the librarian through the bookbag program by logging the way the books were accessed: read to, read with, read independently.

    Once the students have taken an assessment test that deems them ready for more, they move on to choose from a broader range of books in their reading zone.

    Grades 1-4
    The librarian attends grade-level meetings along with the technology integration specialist. They coordinate every project with what is going on in the class. If 1st grade is studying insects, computer skills will be paired with information so that lessons are not taught in isolation.  The collaboration also allows the librarian to support the curriculum by choosing books, digital videos and magazines highlighted in professional journals.

    Every day the librarian offers reader’s advisory. Because of flexible scheduling, this might be done as a booktalk in a big group, but more often is done on a one-to-one with a child finishing a book, coming in for another book. Because of the flexible scheduling, the students can come in as they finish books. The librarian can offer individual help to each reader.
    • Our librarian is certified to work with young children. She is supported by two library aides.
    • Our Kindergarten bookbag program and individualized reading instruction have improved the acquisition of reading skills.
    • The librarian collaborates closely with each classroom teacher to produce research projects.
    • We promote reading, viewing and listening on an individual and group basis by reading and maturity level.
    • We are available to parents to answer their individualized concerns.
    • Flexible scheduling makes it possible to better support our program.
  • Middle School

    The Middle School library is an inviting space for the readers it serves. The collection houses more than 14,000 titles, from classics to graphic novels for students to borrow. Variety of digital and print reference sources to help students answer their individual questions and topics of research. The library staff help students evaluate and compare the quality and ease of use for both print and digital resources. The students are trained to not just find a resource but to decide if it is a good resource and if it is the best resource to help them in their academic work. Groups of students rotate among research stations set up with books and multiple computers divided according to subjects.

    Encourages reading
    • Provides a wide-range of popular, current, age-appropriate fiction.
    • Provides specific area for 5th grade students, modeled after bookstore reading areas with books grouped according to student-interest and displayed face-out to encourage browsing.
    • Multiple copies of new quality fiction are provided for students choosing literature class book-groups.
    • Students come to the library for book-talks covering multiple reading levels, genres and gender interests.
    Supports curriculum
    • Comprehensive collections of individual science and social studies titles support classroom learning.
    • Wide variety of high interest video coordinates with curriculum.
    • Open desktop computers for student research, printing, and word-processing needs before, during and after school.
    • The library hosts authors, doctors and historians speaking about what students are currently studying in the classroom.
    Integrates instructional technology
    • Cart of new laptops for research on databases and the internet.
    • Library provides and assists classes in the use of laptops, digital cameras and video recorders to create and present learning with technology. Some students have researched scientists and created avatars to deliver speeches reporting on the life of a scientist, while others have written book reviews on the Civil War and videotaped the reviews.
    Supports students
    • Open library hours work with the honor code allowing students to leave class and come find a new book to check-out throughout the school day and throughout the week.
    • Two separate student reading areas with furniture appealing to both young and pre-teen readers.
    • The library has a book fair in the spring focusing on a wide variety of books to stimulate student summer reading.
  • Upper School

    Located in the heart of the Garth campus, the library exists to support the academic standards of the Upper School curriculum. It also strives to open the doors to life-long learning through the encouragement of recreational reading pursuits for both students and faculty. The library provides spaces for quiet study, group work, class instruction and a respite from a busy day.

    Students are taught to recognize and clearly define their information needs and to locate needed resources while discerning the value of information sources. These skills, vital for success in college, go beyond simple library instruction and ensure students success in an information saturated world.

    Librarians and faculty work together to create lessons with which combine the use of technology, research methodology and sophisticated presentation. Students and faculty alike are able to access information in a variety of formats from print books and magazines to eBooks, journal and subject databases and electronic newspapers to video. Many resources are also available from home or on the go using mobile technology. The collection is constantly changing, adapting to new academic needs and newly published materials of interest. In addition to resources and instruction, the library promotes literacy through cultural events, book talks and an Upper School Book Club.

    The Upper School Library serves the needs of Randolph students and faculty with:
    • Over 11,000 books, eBooks and videos
    • 30+ magazine subscriptions
    • Access to to over 70 academic research databases and websites
    • Noodletools research software
    • Two professional librarians
    In addition to the research accomplished through daily classwork, the Upper School Library supports the following signature research projects: