Black Pine Circle School Library Program
The Black Pine Circle School library collection contains approximately six thousand books and is located on the second floor of the Founders’ Building on the lower school campus. Books are chosen for the library collection primarily to supplement classroom curriculum, as well as to provide well-reviewed, high-quality reading materials for all students.
Two librarians, who serve both the Upper and Lower Schools, staff the library. All students in the kindergarten through fifth grade classes have regularly scheduled weekly visits to the library. For our Upper School students in grades six through eight, the library schedule is more flexible, with students visiting whenever their teachers desire. Teachers may drop by the library at any point during the day to consult with the librarians and is open to students during morning and lunch recesses five days per week.
Library lessons are designed to “put an exclamation point on reading.” Most library classes include a read aloud story or poem, and browsing time for students to view the collection and choose a book. The librarians collaborate with classroom teachers to ensure that library lessons tie into classroom curriculum whenever possible and pre-selected books may relate directly to class curriculum, a monthly theme, or current events.
Book talks are held periodically to introduce students to new books as well as for them to learn about award-winning books (Caldecott, Newbery, Coretta Scott King, Sibert, etc.). Annual book events organized by the librarians include a Generations Day book sale in November and an All-School Book Swap in the spring. In addition, all students participate in the California Young Reader Medal program by reading nominated books throughout January, February, and March, voting by April 1, and celebrating winning books when they are announced in May. These events help to foster literature awareness and create excitement about reading.
The library has iMacs for research as well as access to the library’s online public access catalog (OPAC), COMPanion Corporation’s Alexandria. Students learn how to search the OPAC by title, author, subject, or keyword, and how to locate items within the library.