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 and 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 tools 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 and classroom teachers to ensure students have access to the Riveter Lab (our innovative maker space) where they can be explorers, adventurers, designers, creators, inventors, makers, and entrepreneurs!
The library collection, supplemented by digital library subscriptions, includes picture books, junior fiction, and award winning book titles. In addition, digital formats include 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 bilingual books to support the language program. The library program is enhanced by visits from nationally renowned authors, storytellers, and illustrators. These special events help students understand the creative process and make connections to the works of visiting authors and speakers.