Highlights: Alden School Library

2015-2016

  • Number of print resource circulations (as of 5/9/16): 20,339 (a 7.5% increase from last year)
  • Number of digital resource circulations: 1225 (a 20% increase from last year)
  • Alden School Library website was nominated for the Massachusetts School Library Association's Web Seal of Excellence award by fellow Librarians
  • Launched the very successful Birthday Book program
  • 15 students completed the Massachusetts Children's Book Award challenge (up from 10 last year)
  • Produced the student writing publication Dragon's Tale for the Alden School community
  • Started the Alden Review Crew station, where students can write review books they've read and post their ideas for other students to read
  • All students continue to come to Library class weekly for lessons on library skills, book talks and literary news, print and digital research methods, and to learn about digital literacy and digital citizenship
  • Continue to work with teachers and their classes in each grade level on research assignments and projects
  • Curate collections of resources for teachers, including print and digital materials about storms, penguins, folktales, poetry, pilgrims, natural disasters, dinosaurs, the Titanic, and animal adaptations
  • Added new print and digital resources to the collection, including the latest Youth Media Award winners, high-demand graphic novels, and the "You Choose" historical fiction series, in addition to current high quality middle grades fiction and materials that can directly support classroom learning
  • Support students' and staff's reading needs with updated book suggestions and over 50 book reviews of relevant, exciting titles on the Alden School Library website

Hopes for the Future at the Alden School Library:

  • increased centers-based learning
  • introduction of Makerspaces
  • increase in use of digital resources for research
  • readers' advisories and book clubs
  • continue to increase and promote usage of the Alden School Library website to provide 24/7 access to as many of our resources as possible: books, research links and database access, reviews and recommendations

Library Staff:

Mary Anne Federoff, Library Assistant