At each campus, our librarians take great care to provide valuable reading and research skills and resources for our students
Descriptions per school
The Detroit Country Day Lower School Library is an integral part of the school and supports the needs of students, faculty, and parents. Our resources allow children to explore new ideas, develop creative thinking, expand their knowledge base and find a wide variety of reading resources. Children are encouraged to check out books that support their enjoyment and educational reading needs. They are guided to become lovers of reading, independent library users, and life-long learners. An extensive collection of age-appropriate materials has been placed in a welcoming environment, and through our virtual library students, parents and faculty can access online databases and both web-based and downloadable e-books. The library is staffed by a full-time certified librarian and is centrally located within the Lower School to allow for easy access to all. All classes come to the library once per week during a scheduled class period, and while in the library, students participate in activities that support vocabulary development, reading comprehension, and research skills. Lessons at each grade level are integrated with and connected to classroom curricula. Teachers may also schedule additional times for the class to work in the library.
The Detroit Country Day Junior School Library is an important part of the school, and helps to support the needs of Junior School students, teachers, and parents. The library contains a collection of more than 10,000 items, including a growing collection of audio materials, to accommodate readers of varying grade levels from grades three through five.
A certified librarian meets with students in a class setting once a week for 45 minutes. The focus of each class is to learn and develop basic library skills, research and information literacy skills, and to encourage students to become lifelong readers and users of information. One of the main goals of the program is to collaborate with the classroom teachers in order to support the school’s curriculum. Students are also encouraged to visit the library as necessary during the school day, and after school on the days when the library offers extended library hours. Junior School students begin to gain a sense of independence in the library, and they’re encouraged to check out books that support their enjoyment and educational reading needs.
From students reading or researching to faculty members working with emerging technologies, the Library is a hub of learning in the Middle School. The Library is staffed by a full-time, professional librarian, and it is open to all students before, during, and after school for extended hours. Students, faculty, staff and parents draw from a continually growing collection of 12,000+ print and digital materials, cameras, and other equipment, and wireless networking provides access to the Library’s catalog and web page, online databases, e-books, and the internet. In 2013, the collection expanded to include OverDrive downloadable e-books for Nooks, Kindles, iPads and other mobile devices. Additionally, online video-on-demand collections provide supplementary materials for teaching and research.
A crucial mission of the Library program is to collaborate with each department to support the curriculum. Students are given “just-in-time” instruction to meet their academic needs. Instruction focuses on several areas:
Reading – Through class visits, book talks, displays, reading lists, and emails about new books and special programs, students frequently hear about and see books that may be of interest to them.
Research skills and information literacy – Students are taught how to use print and digital resources effectively and how to decide which resources are authoritative, reliable, and best meet their needs.
Responsible use of resources – Students receive instruction on the importance of giving credit to their research sources, how to create a list of works cited, how to avoid plagiarism, and how to use technology and all resources ethically and responsibility.
For parents and faculty, the Library offers a Parent-Teacher collection of books that may be checked out at any time. The librarian also provides professional development on the use of new resources and technology and speaks to parents about technology and teens.
Today’s libraries… they are a changing….and so is the Upper School library. Gone are the days of deep, dark stacks, micro-film and fiche, CD-ROMs, card catalogs and large numbers of print magazines and newspapers. Today we offer our students, faculty and staff easy access to multiple formats of information, wireless access to the web and global connections, and yes….books. Library resources are available 24/7 from anywhere a patron can connect to the web. Our environment continues to change as well, as we encourage students to collaborate with one another on projects and in study groups. We provide spaces for individual quiet study, small group learning and large group meetings.
Students face many challenges in their use of information. Technology and the World Wide Web provide easy access to an infinite amount of information; yet finding the best information for any given task or informational need continues to be complicated. To assist students in their development of information retrieval and evaluation skills and their ethical use of all types of resources, students receive instruction in the following areas:
- - Identification and utilization of a complete range of resources, both in type and global context for complete research
- - Evaluation of the Authority, Accuracy, Bias, Currency and Coverage when using online sources
- - Understanding why and how to acknowledge credit when using information and ideas that are not their own
- - Application of “information filters” to locate the best information possible for all informational needs, both present and in the future
In addition, students are also encouraged to continue their exploration of new and favorite fiction authors. Reading may change from print to online, but engaging in reading for language development and pure relaxation is important to the life-long learner.