The mission of the library program at Paideia is to ensure that the members of the learning community, which includes students, teachers, staff and parents, are effective users of ideas and information. By teaching the concepts and skills of information literacy, and by engaging individuals in active, creative thinking and problem solving, the library program works to nurture lifelong, independent learning. As the amount of information available continues to grow, a strong school library program is essential to help its users acquire the skills they will need to use information competently and contribute to the well-being of the community. The library at Paideia serves as the hub of a culture of learning that is vital to student achievement.
The Library collects materials to support the reading needs of students of all ages.
- Elementary collection: Over 10,000 volumes of fiction, nonfiction, reference, biography, picture books, and sound recordings.
- High school collection of 12,000 volumes available as needed for elementary students.
- For parents: 600+ volume collection of parent-teacher resources; parents are always welcome to borrow materials for their children and for themselves.
- Video collection: 1,100+ titles
- Audio books (tape & CD): 400+ titles
- Periodicals: Over 40 print magazine subscriptions, plus access to hundreds more via online databases ProQuest, SIRS and JSTOR.
- Online subscription databases for elementary students include NetTrekker, ProQuest and Encyclopedia Britannica.
- Catalog available online 24/7
Intellectual Freedom/ Access Statements
The school library plays a unique role in promoting intellectual freedom. It serves as a point of voluntary access to information and ideas and as a learning laboratory for students as they acquire critical thinking and problem solving skills needed in a pluralistic society. Members of the school community involved in the collection development process employ educational criteria to select resources unfettered by their personal, political, social or religious views. Students and educators served by the school library have access to resources and services free of constraints resulting from personal, partisan or doctrinal approval. School librarians resist efforts by individuals to define what is appropriate for all students or teachers to read, view or hear. Library policies support free and open access to information. The library has established procedures should any material be challenged by a member of the school community.