The library is at the heart of The Grammar School, serving as a valuable resource and a welcoming place to our school community. In the fall of 2010, the library opened in its own building adjacent to the lower school. The new space offers our community a cozy atmosphere for all we have to offer.
The Grammar School library has about 8,000 volumes, periodicals, and other media. While the main library holds the majority of our collection, the upper school has its own smaller library with titles appropriate to middle school readers. Our fully automated library allows students and faculty to access the library catalog from classrooms as well as from the library.
Literacy is fostered through time spent finding information from a variety of sources, reading for pleasure, and participating in guided literature discussions. To help promote the importance of reading, special times, depending on grade level, are set aside for silent pleasure reading. Classes visit the library to check out materials, read, and learn research skills. Developing comfort and familiarity with our library allows students an appreciation of libraries as a lifelong source of enrichment and support.
Throughout the year the library hosts special events and programs. Among these events are the annual book fair held in conjunction with the Medieval Faire and the annual February birthday party celebrating the library. Lively literary entertainment provided by various classes is always the most fun part of this event.
In March, the library holds a reading challenge open to our entire community, students, parents, faculty, and staff. Part of the reading celebration includes a day when everyone comes dressed as their favorite book character. Throughout the year, the library sponsors the Vermont-wide Red Clover Award and Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award programs. For the summer, the librarian provides reading lists for students in second through eighth grades and their parents.