The Lower School Library
In the Lower School Library, we take our goal of fostering the development of lifelong readers and learners to heart. A central hub of the Lower School, our library is an inviting place with comfortable reading areas, creative teaching spaces, wireless computer access, and a collection of approximately 14,200 items, including books, periodicals, and audio and video resources.
Library classes are held weekly for each grade level, and the library is open to students for book selection throughout the day. We also have a special “parent collection” containing materials of interest to parents.
Access to the library's extensive subscription databases and the online catalog is available on the library's computers during the school day and on the library's website after hours.
In addition to classes, the Lower School Library organizes a variety of fun and educational programs throughout the year.
- Summer Reading Celebration: At the start of the school year, an entire day is set aside to discuss the all-division summer reading book. This special day is filled with activities and discussions designed to explore the themes of the book and foster bonds across grade levels.
- “Poem in Your Pocket” Day: On one spring day, uniform requirements are relaxed so that Lower School girls can wear an outfit with pockets. Students, faculty, and staff select a favorite or original poem to carry with them and share throughout the day.
- Author Visits: Throughout the year, Lower School librarians bring in guest authors to speak with the girls about books they are reading in class.
- Politics & Prose: A D.C. institution, Politics & Prose bookstore welcomes classes and grades throughout the year to its downtown location to meet guest authors. They also host a summer reading book fair for all grades.
- Book Clubs: Several times each year the library hosts lively book club discussions.