About the Library

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the school library program is to ensure that all students, faculty, and staff are effective users of ideas and information. The school librarian empowers students to be critical thinkers, lifelong readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information, media, and technology


RESOURCES
The Library contains an up-to-date collection of books, ebooks, periodicals, Playaways, and other multimedia - all accessible from the computerized card catalog network (Destiny.) We also provide subscriptions to age appropriate on-line encyclopedias and research databases, which can be accessed here. In addition, we often connect with the Wayland Public Library via the Minuteman Library Network which services over 25 local libraries. All of these resources are available to students from our website in the library, classroom, and, when possible, at home. If you are unable to access a database or need a password, please email the librarian at colleen_flannery@wayland.k12.ma.us

LIBRARY HOURS
Monday 8:30-2:00
Tuesday 11-2:30
Wednesday 8:30-1:50 (early release)
Thursday 8:30-2:30 
Friday 8:30-2:00

If the librarian is not available, students may still check out books independently using the paper check out system at the circulation desk. 
Students are welcome to stop by before school or during lunch with a teacher's permission, so long as the librarian is available. 
When a library class is being held. visting students should not interrupt the librarian. 
 
Students visit the library once per week with their classes. During library time, students may hear a story, learn about research skills or reference sources, or participate in various library centers. When classes have extended research projects, they may spend library class working on their research. Students will also have the chance to borrow books during this time. Please see our library policies here

The K-5 Library Media Curriculum consists of a sequential progression of skills which integrate literature, critical thinking, and 21st century information and technology skills with grade level curriculum topics. Students will be able to recognize the work of certain key authors and understand the different genres in literature - poetry, fiction, nonfiction, biography, and folklore. They also learn the organization of the library in order to gain access to the resources they need for research. The goal of the program is to produce independent learners who can find an appropriate piece of literature for themselves, frame a reference question, locate the appropriate resource, and find the answer. Many of the Massachusetts State Frameworks and Core Curriculum standards are addressed within the library curriculum.


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