The Library program at Mountain View School is structured to teach grade-level-appropriate skills that enable students to grow to be independent library users when seeking materials for either classroom work or pleasure reading. Individual classes have scheduled Library periods in which they receive directed lessons that integrate with current classroom curriculum. Additionally, book talks, readings and displays are designed around themes or genres to expand students’ awareness of choices, to encourage sampling of a wide variety of reading material, and to support classroom required reading assignments.
Each year we provide opportunities for students to participate in enrichment programs such as the Battle of the Books, Author-Go-Round, and Mt. View’s Book Club. All students participate in the California Young Reader Medal Program and the upper grades receive character education through the Character Counts program. Our staff includes a Library Media Specialist to manage circulation and maintain the collection, and a Library Instructional Specialist to oversee instruction of students and collection development.
With the generous support of parents and our PTA, we are able to maintain a rich and up-to-date collection of over 12,000 volumes, including non-fiction, biographies, reference materials, new fiction, classics, periodicals, picture books, and early readers. We continually work with teachers to ensure that we have the necessary resources to support research projects and literature-based curriculum.
In addition to their weekly class times, students are welcome to visit the library throughout the day, to check-out books, browse, or as a quiet place to read or study. We strive to create an inviting, stimulating, and accessible environment that encourages each child to develop the confidence and motivation to read and appreciate quality literature.