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Simone Pyle, Library Media Specialist

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Library Mission Statement

The mission of the Ruth Wallace Memorial Library is to enrich and vitalize the educational goals and programs of the Newton School; to encourage and sustain each student’s quest for understanding and self-discovery through reading and research; and to provide tools and knowledge to support for 21st century learning.

About the Library

The Ruth Wallace Memorial Library serves the Newton School students, staff, and community. With around 5,000 volumes, the library is committed to providing high quality and diverse resources for research and recreational reading, as well as 21st century information and media literacy skills. Housed in the school annex, the library is open to all members of the Newton School community and has an online link to the Morrill Memorial Library.

The library is named for Ruth Wainright Wallace, a counselor at Camp Kenjocketee in South Strafford and friend to Rosa Tyson. She taught at Miss Porter's School in Framingham, CT for many years before retiring to Strafford. She volunteered her time and expertise to catalogue and organize the school library collection at the Newton School. She died in 1975 and the library was named after her in 1980. A portrait of Ruth Wallace, gifted to her mother, resides in the library named for her.

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About the Librarian

My name is Simone Pyle (she/her), and I have been the librarian at the Newton School since 2012, back when my own children were students here. I have a B.A. in English from Dickinson College (1994), and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from Simmons College (1999). I have worked in all kinds of libraries, but I am so happy to have landed in the world of public education!

When I'm not librianing hard, I like to cross stitch, crochet and sew; work in the garden; and make old things pretty and useful again...all while listening to LOTS of podcasts! Of course, I also love to read, especially young adult fiction and narrative nonfiction. From 2019-2021 I was a member of the American Library Association's Rainbow Book List Committee, where we read and recommend books for ages birth-18 years that center the LGBTQ+ experience. I also run an after-school Dungeons & Dragons club.

I am originally from the New Hampshire seacoast, but today I live in Strafford with my husband; my youngest daughter, Louisa; our two cranky cats, Cleo and Opal; an adorable Chorkie named Hazel; and a half-dozen chickens.