Searingtown Library

Information for Parents

Be Sure to Visit The Virtual Library Website

The Virtual Library is the place to go to access great resources for students and parents. Keep up to date on student projects and library happenings. Also, access our online databases! To get there, go to the Searingtown Homepage and click on Virtual Library.

Online Databases

Our library subscribes to wonderful databases - many of which can be accessed at home. Go to the Virtual Library and click on the Databases link to access our reading and reference databases.


The more they read, the better they read. The better they read, the more they comprehend. The more they comprehend, the better they achieve. Libraries provide books for all.

Classes visit our library once a week. Grades K-1 borrow 1 book; Grade 2 borrow 2 books, and Grades 3-5 borrow 3 books. Books are due back the following library day; books can be renewed two times.

Additionally, grades 3-5 are allowed to borrow our NOOKColors for 1 week with a signed permission slip.

Research Needs

When classes come to library, instruction includes authentic library research experiences. The NYS Research Focus is asking educators to scaffold authentic research from kindergarten to the secondary level. Commissioner John King suggested a 1-page paper in first grade; a 2-page paper in second grade; a 3-page paper in third grade ...etc. thereby building and presenting knowledge. This will help create a college and career ready student.

All students are instructed in research skills in the library. In fourth and fifth grade, a more formal research class is given. The program includes both digital and information literacies; students are immersed in project-based learning and have use of all the resources of the library and computer lab.

Libraries and the Common Core State Standards

  • Students research tasks that extend learning
  • Students conduct short and long research projects
  • Students interact and collaborate with others
  • Students access digital information
  • Questions can be investigated
  • Students learn to write for information and build and present knowledge
  • Databases are Lexiled for an accurate measure of reading difficulty
  • Books are available for everyone regardless of demographic
  • Lives the best collection of nonfiction on the planet!
  • Anyone can find challenging material on any topic of interest

Common Core State Standards: How Do Libraries Help?

  • Craft authentic research projects which move beyond merely seeking information to synthesizing information.
  • Help teachers align research with the Common Core objectives to “build and present knowledge” (not just facts)
  • Plan building-wide independent reading initiatives promoting school-wide participation
  • Recommend the latest and greatest reading choices for students with all types of interests
  • Suggest rich, written material to support reading of nonfiction to build background knowledge
  • Help teachers find quality nonfiction books and articles to use for close reading in science, math, social studies, art, physical education, and music
  • Give free access to thousands of popular fiction and nonfiction titles for independent reading and research
  • Help students find texts on any topic of interest across a range of compexity, so they are engaged in something they are deeply interested in, at a level that is challenging for them
  • Provide digital information
  • Teach students to evaluate web information for credibility, accuracy, reliabilty and support

About Your Librarian

Karen Kliegman is the School Librarian/Educational Technologist at Searingtown School, Herricks UFSD. She has worked as an Adjunct Instructor at Long Island University. School Librarian of the Year, 2011, Nassau BOCES; Frequent Conference Presenter; Multiple Award Winner and a Google Certified Teacher. To reach her: