Quaker Ridge School Library

Welcome to the Quaker Ridge School Library website. We hope that the information below will answer any questions that you may have. Please do not hesitate to contact the librarian, Ms. Byrnes, at kbyrnes@scarsdaleschools.org if you have any questions.

Library Hours

The library is open during school hours, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Classes are scheduled for checkout throughout the morning and afternoon from 9:30 to 2:55. It is suggested that parents either email or call ahead (914-721-2787) to make an appointment if they need Ms. Byrnes' assistance for research or book selection. Please check with your classroom teacher to find out which day your class visits the library.

Library Staff

Ms. Kate Byrnes is the full-time library media specialist. Ms. Byrnes has taught fourth and fifth grade as well as library media in both an elementary school and a middle school before coming to QRS. This will be her fifth year in the QRS library.

Ms. Susan Pankow is returning this year as our library aide. We are so excited to have her! Ms. Pankow will be in the library every day from 10-3.

Book Selection

Students may borrow two to four books at a time (this varies by grade level). Every students should choose at least one "just-right" reading book for them. This is based on personal interest and reading ability, and students are encouraged to use the Five Finger Rule to test the book out before they choose it. The other books selected are "free choice" books, and can be anything from an old favorite picture book to a graphic novel, to a challenging chapter book for their parents to read aloud at home. Students are encouraged to check out a variety of books.

Using the Library at Home

Take a look at our library menu on the side of this page! The "Library Catalog" tab will take you to our online catalog where you can search for books in the library collection. Our "Great Reads" page has book recommendations and lots of great ideas for finding book lists online.

Need help with homework and projects? Try our "Databases" page to use our library resources anytime at home! Note: Underneath each database is a link to the QRS password Google doc. This can only be accessed when you are logged into a scarsdaleschools.org google account.

Why is the Library Important?

The goal of the Scarsdale librarians is to encourage every student to develop a life-long love of literature and research (information literacy). A collaborative approach between the librarian and the classroom teacher allows for authentic learning of literature and information fluency skills and strategies. Students need to use the skills of inquiry to learn essential content and to construct new meaning. Instruction, design around an inquiry framework, generates active learning and the formation of new understandings.

How Long May I Keep Books?

Books are checked out for one cycle (6 school days) at a time. During each library class visit, it is expected that students return their books unless they need to renew them. Books may be renewed if desired as long as no one else is waiting for a turn with the book. We do not charge late fines, however students will not be allowed to check out a new book until the overdue books are returned. If a book is lost or damaged, please contact Ms. Byrnes to find out how to replace the book.

Questions? Please contact kbyrnes@scarsdaleschools.org