The goal of the Library Program is to provide access to the best resources and instruction in their use, fostering the development of lifelong learners and readers. The program is integrated into the curriculum at all grade levels and subject areas. Holton librarians work with Lower, Middle, and Upper School students individually and in scheduled classes to help them foster a love of literature, acquire research skills, develop information literacy, and become sophisticated consumers of rapidly expanding information sources and technologies.There are two libraries on campus, the Lower School Library and The Alice S. Marriott Library which serves the Middle and Upper School divisions. The libraries provide an extensive collection of curricular, co-curricular, and recreational materials, as well as state of the art technology, to students and teachers to foster their quest for knowledge.
Library Department Chair
Upper School Librarian
Top Three Books: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
First Book I Remember Reading: I remember reading Miss Rumphius, by Barbara Cooney with my mom. I loved the illustrations and the way that the main character lived such a full and interesting life and “made the world more beautiful.” Another excellent book from my childhood was Eric Hill’s Spot Goes to School. I really enjoyed ripping the flaps off since it was a pop-up book.
Top Three Books: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain, The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde, and The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Favorite Authors: Jasper Fforde and Laura Ingalls Wilder (in my top three). I also loved LM Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables) when I was growing up. As an adult, I like to read mysteries and thrillers, which are often series, so I’m always happy to find an author that I like. Currently those include Tana French and Jo Nesbo. For classic literature, John Steinbeck is always great.
Middle School Librarian
Top Three Books: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris, American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
Do you have a reading “guilty pleasure?” It’s not “guilty” exactly, but I love books by Jenny Han. I’ve read almost everything she has written including Shug, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and The Summer I Turned Pretty series. I met Jenny Han at the National Book Festival and was such a fangirl! I could say I read the books for my job, but that would be a lie. I read them because I love them. I’m also a big fan of graphic novels and sneak one in anytime I can.
Jillian van Ells
Lower School Librarian
Top Three Books (at the moment): Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown (my son’s influence), To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (I’m an Alabama girl, what can I say), Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms by Katherine Rundell (takes me back to the wilds of Southern Africa)
What book has changed the way you see the world? I’ve always prided myself on being a critical thinker but it wasn’t until I read medical anthropologist Emily Martin’s The Woman in the Body as a sophomore in college that I began to realize how much of the word around me I just accept at face value, especially when it is in print. This book was a wake-up call of a sort, throwing lots of medical “facts” into question and demonstrating how non-fiction can and does get manipulated to reflect not just fact, but opinion. In my work as a librarian, I try to encourage my students to be relentless questioners and dare I say it, not to trust everything they read.