Country Day offers three comprehensive libraries: The Elizabeth Reddig Library in Lower School, Dougherty Library in Middle School, and Cannon Memorial Library in Upper School.
In addition to supporting the school curriculum, the mission of the libraries’ programs is to instill the value of reading, provide access to diverse information and ideas, and equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary to access, evaluate, and apply new learning in both academic and personal pursuits.
Students are encouraged to use the library and its resources throughout the school day, independently, and with classes. Professional library faculty are dedicated to each division library to teach and assist students in locating, evaluating, and using information effectively.
From Heidi to Harry Potter, the Elizabeth Reddig Lower School Library has a book for every reader. Students eagerly visit the library throughout the day with their classes and in small groups to check out books that meet their personal interests and research needs. They acquire information literacy skills through guided hands-on, developmentally-appropriate lessons using a variety of media and technology tools, including iPads, eBooks, e-zines, online encyclopedias, and Web sites. In a warm and inviting setting, Lower School children develop literary appreciation through story times, book talks, and quiet independent reading. Through their reading and research, students discover what it means to be a digital citizen in a global community.
The Middle School houses the Dougherty Library, offering access to more than 10,000 books and non-print material through an automated online catalog. The school library/media program is an integral part of the instructional process. The course of study is designed to teach students skills in locating, evaluating, and applying information to help them function effectively. The goal of the program is to ensure that each student acquires skills necessary to become an independent learner. Students receive whole-class, small group, and one-on-one instruction and practice their skills through authentic activities and research.
The Upper School Cannon Memorial Library is a research library open before and after school to provide an optimum study environment for our students. In addition to assisting students with research questions and materials selection, two full-time professional librarians teach critical information literacy skills. As part of the information literacy curriculum, every student at each grade level receives a scheduled one-on-one research session to guide them through the research process and critical thinking strategies.
The following resources and services support the Country Day academic community:
- Access to nearly 50,000 volumes, plus additional resources including magazines, periodicals, CDs, and DVDs.
- In-school and remote access to thousands of titles through eBook subscription services such as Questia, Ebsco, and FollettShelf, all of which are available to students, faculty, and parents.
- Periodical and scholarly journal articles accessible through Academic Search Elite, eLibrary Science, JSTOR, SIRS Discoverer, and Kids InfoBits.
- Online encyclopedias such as World Book Online and Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
- Nonfiction research databases such as CultureGrams, World Almanac for Kids, and TrueFlix!
- Published research manual and tutorials available to help with creating bibliographies.
- Laptops, digital cameras, eBook readers, voice recorders, and video recorders available for student check out.