Mrs. Gina Swanda
The St. Patrick’s School library curriculum is focused on two main aspects: literature appreciation and informational literacy. Literature appreciation seeks to encourage students to understand various forms of the written word and foster enjoyment from their use. With informational literacy, we strive to furnish our students with the tools to identify, locate, apply, evaluate, use, and communicate information. Our mission is to create life-long readers of our students and provide the skills for basic research throughout the elementary and junior high grades.
Our collection boasts nearly 8,000 volumes. The Library supports and enriches the educational program of the school and is organized to encourage availability and use by the students and faculty. Students in grades K-3 receive weekly library instruction. Students in Grade 4 attend biweekly Study and Research Skills classes in a small group setting. Junior high students use the library resources often to support their research and reading needs.
A highlight of the 3rd grade year is our developing “Library Theater” program which exposes students to the basic concepts of drama and theater. In the fall, students participate in a workshop which features drama games, short skits, improvisation activities, and the enhancement of non-verbal communication. In the spring, students prepare a short performance. Through this experience, students experience the art of storytelling, which is paramount to the library experience.