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.
Holton students love reading! Walking around the campus, you can easily spot them reading in the classrooms, hallways, and our libraries. Here are some of the highlights of our library:
- There are plenty of books for everyone to choose from. Students can use Destiny to browse our printed collection or use Sora, EPIC, and several databases to look up our digital collection.
- Check-out is self-service.
- All books can be checked out for a maximum of ten school days, and students may borrow up to three books at a time.
- Students visit our library frequently; before morning meetings, during resource time, and during homework zone.
- All Grade 3-5 students have fixed weekly library lessons once a week when we share the joy of reading and discover new reading interests together.
- There are also flexible library lessons for all grades, where librarians collaborate with subject teachers in the classroom to teach research skills and academic honesty.
- Access to the library's online catalog and extensive subscription databases via LS library's canvas page 24/7.
- Throughout the year, we hold book clubs, author visits, reading challenges, and literary quizzes to encourage students to read as widely as possible.
- Many Grade 5/6 students volunteer to join the student-librarian team and help with various tasks, checking-in books, tidying up the library, and creating displays.
- Our library team provides an extensive summer reading program to help our young readers continue on their reading journey even when classes are not in session.
- At the beginning of each school year, all lower school students and teachers join book discussions, work on art projects together, and celebrate their summer reading achievements.