The Coreen Ruiz Hester Library is the heart of the school. The mission of the Lower School Library program is to prepare students to thrive as life long readers, learners, now and in the years ahead. To that end, students in grades K-5 meet regularly for library class. Hundreds of books are checked in and out, and students enjoy discovering new tool and technologies in the context of the library.
Kindergarten and Grade 1 students enjoy story times and book check out, learning the organization of the library as they explore books housed in the Lower School and Main Library bookshelves.
Grade 2 and 3 students continue to explore the art of the story. They also expand their information skills and building blocks of academic integrity through use of the online catalog and online digital resources.
Grade 4 students begin to focus more on research skills, website evaluation, and database use. The librarian works closely with the tech team, classroom teachers, so students will have access to the Innovative Maker Space housed in the Main Library to put technology in the hands of students as a place lower school students can be explorers, adventurers, designers, creators, inventors, makers and entrepreneurs.
The collection, supplemented by digital library subscriptions, includes picture books, junior fiction, and award winning book titles. In addition, digital format includes downloadable e-books, databases of thousands of scholarly articles, and subscriptions to reference materials that meet all student literacy and research needs. All students are provided with information skills instruction, literature appreciation, and reading incentive programs such as the California Young Readers Medal Award and the Mock Newbery/Caldecott. Students also have a collection of Spanish bi-lingual books to support the language program. The library program is enhanced by nationally renowned author visits, storytellers, and illustrators. These special events help students understand the creative process and make connections to the works of visiting authors and speakers.