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Ruth Blackburne Hart Library (LS)

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The Hart Library is centrally located on the first floor of Founders Hall across the hall from the Blackburne Library. All Lower School students visit the library weekly with their classes in half or full groups. Students are also encouraged to visit during recess and other appropriate class times. The Lower School Computer Center is located adjacent to the library, which encourages students to utilize print and electronic information resources when they are doing research.

The Lower School library program emphasizes the enjoyment of reading and development of life-long readers. Much class time is spent discussing literature and introducing different genres. The Hart Library supports the Lower School curriculum with supplementary materials and programs. Research skills are introduced in conjunction with classroom projects.

Blackburne Library (MS/US)

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Middle School students often gravitate towards the Middle School Reading Room, a space within the Blackburne Library especially for them. There, students select books for assignments and leisure reading or use the area for studying and doing homework.

In the Middle School, the Blackburne Librarians implement an age-appropriate Information Literacy curriculum, in collaboration with teachers, to design specific research strategies for projects, incorporating the use of print and electronic resources.

Upper School students use the Library and its resources to research a variety of subjects, including United States history, globalization, bioethics, poetry, ancient cultures and more.

In the Upper School, the Blackburne Librarians encourage students to ask more complex questions in their research. Students are supported in using scholarly materials and primary sources. Research skills introduced in Middle School are reinforced, with emphasis placed on academic honesty and proper citation of works used.

The Library is open to Upper School students throughout the day as a quiet study space. Books and magazines of interest to teenagers are purchased regularly and are available for browsing and circulation.


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