Edith L. Frierson Library Media Center

Our Library in 2020-2021: Still Opening Eyes, Hearts, & Minds through Reading and Exploration!

Welcome to Edith L. Frierson Partial Montessori's Library Media Center, a hub for our school community dedicated to opening eyes, hearts, and minds through the exploration of multiple literacies. We're not quiet in here and we sure don't expect you to be either! Even though the pandemic might have altered our plans, we are still committed to providing all learners with access to diverse and meaningful information resources.

Library Hours

Although the library is not open to the general public at this time, students who are attending in-person school will be able to visit the library during special area time. Students who are learning at home can use our "Book Hub" (VanMeter Library Voice, 2020) to request books of interest or place holds on books through Destiny Discover, and Dr. R. will have those books ready for pick-up on Thursday during our lunch-hour curbside pick-up.

Checkout Policies

  • Primary - Lower Elementary students are welcome to check out up to 3 books at a time

  • 2nd - 3rd graders can check out up to 4 books at a time

  • 4th - 5th graders can check out up to 5 books at a time

Book Return

Learners can keep their books for two weeks at a time. Books will be quarantined for 72 hrs prior to being checked back out. If books have not yet been returned in two weeks, parents, guardians, and students will receive a notice. Although no fines will be charged, we appreciate your returning books on time as this keeps all readers happy.


Please reach out to your librarian, Lara Russell, about whom you can read more below. She can be contacted by email (Lara_Russell@charleston.k12.sc.us) or phone (843-559-4500).

Mrs. Heather Grant and a reader celebrate a new Birthday Book Club read.Carousel imageA student uses puppets to retell "Stellaluna" to a friend.A volunteer and her reading buddies discuss a new book.One of our fourth graders engrossed in a good read!Nothing like a comfy chair and a great read!Two fourth graders show off the Lego home they've made for Curious George.Students hard at work researching.Primary students planting our Luffa gourd seedlings.Hip hip, hooray for our library helpers! Mrs. Margie Lewis-Morse, the first African American woman to receive a degree in nuclear engineering inspires our learners.Students experiment to understand about the space air takes up.Carousel imageStudents measure and draw worms after reading "The Diary of A Worm."After reading "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," students use pasta to make the life cycle of a butterfly.
All images taken by Lara Russell (2019-2020).

Edith L. Frierson's Social Media

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Image of Lara Russell in front of artist, Claudia Boyce's depiction of Edith L. Frierson.

Lara W. Russell, Teacher Librarian

About Your Librarian

Hi, I'm Lara Russell, and I'm the teacher librarian at Edith L. Frierson Elementary. This is my second year in the library as one of eleven CCSD/USC Teacher Librarian Cohort Members.

I began teaching as a Peace Corps volunteer in Hungary in 1994 and have since worked as a secondary English teacher, a K-12 teacher of gifted and talented, and an instructional coach and assistant professor of teacher education.

When I'm not teaching or reading, you can find me fishing with my husband, Tommy, or playing with our dogs (Suki Bird, Arlo, and Lodi). I also adore a good cup of coffee.

I look forward to working with you and your learners!