The Heart of the School

It has often been said that the library is the heart of the school. This is certainly true for the Valley School of Ligonier Library. Each person in the school is connected in various ways to this beautiful space… surrounded by walls of words. Everyone that enters the library is immediately drawn to the large mural with the words, “Follow the Trails of Fable and Fancy Into a Forest of Books!” The centerpiece of our library is the Caldecott Collection, in memory of former student, Maggie Elder. The collection holds every book ever honored with the Caldecott medal. The library is accessible to all throughout the day. There are clearly defined areas in the library: picture books, biography, early, middle, and upper grade fiction, and nonfiction. There is a sectional sofa and pillows for listening, tables for crafts and writing, and a large open space for games and discussions.
 
Groups of children from kindergarten through fourth grade come together twice a rotation for regular classes. The lower school curriculum has age appropriate units teaching how to navigate the library or understand the different way to approach reading fiction and non-fiction. Students begin to see patterns of writing when exposed to poetry, memoir, and author or genre studies. Of course, students also have many opportunities to relax and listen. Reading aloud to students helps them visualize text, develop vocabulary, expand background knowledge, understand the importance of fluency, open new worlds, and think deeply. Experiences in the library also help the teachers learn about the students’ interests, which gives insight to conversation starters and strengthens relationships.
 
Upper School students visit the library during extra help, recess, and study halls when they seek a quiet space to read, write, work, or unwind. At quiet times in the library, it is not unusual for a student, teacher, or parent to stop in “just because” stepping in provides a sense of tranquility, or even nostalgia. The library is a place where teachers can find mentor texts or books that support a lesson. The library is a meeting space for professional development, special events, classes that extend beyond the curriculum, and the yearly carol sing. The library is a place designed for “memory moments.” That time when a reluctant student finishes a book and returns it asking, “Do you have any more of these?” That time when an alum walks in asking if a certain book is still on the shelf and saying, “that book changed my life.”
 
The library is key to fulfilling the School’s mission to instill in students a lifelong habit of seeking wisdom.
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Links to Valley School Library Resources

TumbleBook Cloud
TumbleBookCloud is a curated database of e-books and other digital content for Middle Schools and High Schools, as well as Public Libraries. The growing collection features over 1000 titles, including student-favorite Graphic Novels, enhanced e-books with full audio narration and highlighted text, classic literature, national geographic videos, and more!
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TumbleBook Library
TumbleBook Library is a curated database of children's e-books, available by subscription to Elementary Schools and Public Libraries around the world.  TumbleBookLibrary Premium has over 1100 titles for grades K-6, and includes our unique animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, national geographic videos, non-fiction books, playlists, as well as books in Spanish and French. Plus, the collection features Graphic Novels - a student favorite! As well as Math Stories.
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TumbleBook Cloud Junior
TumbleBookCloud Junior is an online collection of ebooks and read-along chapter books, non-fiction books, graphic novels, educational videos, and audio books! This database is a great option for adventurous young readers who wish to read beyond the picture book collection in the TumbleBookLibrar. It is designed specifically for kids in grades three to six.
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CultureGrams
CultureGrams is a leading reference for concise and reliable cultural information on the countries of the world. With world events increasingly affecting our lives, it's more important than ever to educate students about the world around them. 
CultureGrams Online Database links users to all CultureGrams editions, including World, Kids, Provinces, and States material, in an engaging interface that can be accessed anywhere, anytime. It includes unlimited printing rights, along with exclusive online features: worldwide photo gallery, slideshows, video clips, famous people collection, Faces of the World interviews and a unique recipe collection that offers five homegrown recipes from all countries in the database. Plus, sortable (create-your-own) data tables help put dozens of facts into perspective.
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WorldBook
World Book Online engages users with a progressive sequence of core databases supported by tools and supplemental sites, including translations to over 100 languages, primary source material, educator resources, and a plethora of games, science projects and activities.
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