The Campus School Library
A safe, welcoming, student-centered space that supports learning, tinkering, and independence.
The Campus School library
* provides students and teachers a chance to foster their natural curiosity and stimulate their imagination
* Supports all areas of learning to promote academic achievement and personal development.
* Helps students develop personal responsibility, self-direction, and decision making skills.
The mission of the Campus School Library is to inspire a love of learning by teaching students how to search for, discover, and navigate information.
In the library we meet students where they are and build upon their strengths and interests. We provide students the opportunity to learn about, connect, and contribute to the world around us. We build upon intellectual, social, and emotional skills through stories, discussions, activities, guest speakers, research, as well as, other opportunities.
Students participate in multi-sensory learning experiences in library class. Activities such as: storytelling, practicing mindfulness, dancing, experimenting, creating, drawing, exploring, growing plants & herbs, watching authors tell their own story, and observing a polar bear in a polar region and zoo habitat while reading about it can be witnessed in class.
In the days of overstimulation (iPads, smartphones, technology addiction) students find peace and pleasure in their quiet reading time whether inside the library or in our outdoor garden classroom. For some students, this might be the most peaceful time of their week.
Engaging The Campus School Community
We host multiple family activities. The Book Fair provides families an opportunity to purchase books and add new books to our library shelves. The storybook pumpkin patch invites families to decorate a pumpkin to look like their favorite book character and plant it in the library for all to see. November is a time when we celebrate families and service. The “Good Cup of Tea” event is celebrated to honor and learn about the life and legacy of Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy. Love makes a family and Adoption Awareness month is celebrated in November. Students honor veterans in November by making and sending cards of joy, hope, and thanks to patients at the Veteran’s Hospital.
The Holiday Extravaganza is held in December and includes caroling for the Sisters of Mercy, a story, craft, and movie. In February we celebrate Black History Month with a speaker. February also holds Random Acts of Kindness week and in March we celebrate Women’s History Month. The library hosts a Literary Cake Contest in March. Faculty, staff, students, and Families are welcome to participate by decorating a cake to represent a scene, character, or cover of a children’s book. In April, we celebrate earth day by recycling supplies and sharing them at Maker Market. National Parks Week is in April and this is when we distribute the fourth grade National Park Passes. Maker Challenge is a ReMake Learning event held in May. The final big event of the year is the Read-A-Thon where we pair up older students with younger students to kick off the Read-A-Thon challenge.
Kindergarten - 2nd Grade = 1 Book
3rd Grade - 4th Grade = 2 Books
5th Grade – 8th Grade = 3 Books
Class Borrowing Days
Day 1= 8-2, 2A, 2B, 1B
Day 2= 8-1, 1C
Day 3= 5A, 6-1
Day 4= 3A, 3B, 1A
Day 5= 6-2, 5B
Day 6= 4, K, MK, 7A
The Campus School comprehensive research program provides learning experiences that are developmentally appropriate, academically stimulating, and purposeful. Research at The Campus School begins in preschool. Students use picture books and drawing to learn about and record information. In Kindergarten, students draw pictures, begin labeling the pictures, and adding a sentence with a fact. In the primary grades, the students hone in on their fact finding skills (research), reading for information skills, and report writing skills. Students are provided a special organized folder with topics and questions for fact finding and an outline to build paragraphs for their report. In the Intermediate grades, students take a closer look at citation and plagiarism and develop learning skills (e.g., how to read for understanding, how to study, how to take and organize notes, etc.) that provide a successful transition from intermediate to the upper grades.
Resources for research are found in the classroom, school library, websites, and other outside resources. Campus School note cards and an outline are provided for students to help organize their collection of data. Students in the upper grades use their prior knowledge to plan for and strategize their research process. The students in the upper grades select their own topic for research and have a strong foundation in forming a hypothesis, conducting research, analyzing data, and preparing a written report that can be presented orally and visually.
The Campus School MAKE Shop
How to support our Make Shop
- Collect items on the list from your home or business. Make sure items are clean!
- Label your bag of items: Make Shop
- Send it in with your child to the library.
- Visit the library for inventory news and recent projects!
- If you have a question about a material you would like to donate? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wanted: Materials for our Make Shop!
Clean out your closets, cupboards, drawers, and donate.
Paper Clips (Large, small, multicolored, etc.)
Material, Felt, Foam
Stitching Materials, Sewing needles & thread
Yarn, string, ribbon, raffia, trim
Letter or word magnets
Plastic bottle caps
And other crafting materials
Stamps, stamp pads
Hot glue sticks
Play doh, clay
Scrap booking paper
Card decks, old games and/or game pieces
Greeting cards (used or new)
Organizational containers, baskets, bins, jars, etc.
And other great supplies!
Great Reasons to Support This Project
- Hands-on Learning
- Community Building
- Environmental Stewardship
- Help our School Budget
Thank you for your support!!!