The mission of the library program at Paideia is to nurture lifelong, independent learning, with a central focus on research and promoting reading for pleasure for all the members of the learning community: students, teachers, staff and parents. The library at Paideia serves as the hub of a culture of learning and reading that is vital to student achievement.
Pleasure reading is a core component of the library program at all levels. It builds general knowledge and vocabulary but more profoundly, it offers the extraordinary opportunity to inhabit the interior lives of others, enlarging our understanding of the human experience and nurturing the growth of compassion and an ethical self. Parents are encouraged to borrow materials to share with their families and for their own enjoyment.
Research is also central to the library program. 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.
As students progress through the school, the library teaches the concepts of information literacy and engages individuals in active, creative thinking and problem solving. Students develop increasingly sophisticated approaches to research in a variety of media with instruction in developing essential questions, finding sources, evaluating websites, synthesizing information and creating new understanding.
The elementary library program supports children’s independent reading and research as well as teachers and the classroom curriculum. Promoting reading for pleasure is central and parents are urged to read aloud to their children throughout the grades. Elementary students have regularly scheduled library classes with instruction in topics ranging from reading comprehension to cyber ethics, with a continuing focus on understanding multiple perspectives and inculcating empathy.
The elementary library is located in Python Hall.
The goal of the upper school is to meet the information, research and pleasure reading needs of junior high and high school students, faculty, and staff. Research skills are integrated into the curriculum, and are taught in conjunction with class projects as they are assigned.
Students in grades 7-12 come to the junior high and high school library during free time and with their classes for scheduled instruction sessions. Research skills, along with copyright and academic integrity awareness, are integrated into the curriculum, and are taught in conjunction with class projects as they are assigned. Pleasure reading is promoted through classroom book talk visits, individual consultation, and the publication of extensive annotated summer reading lists for students. The librarian is also a coordinator of the junior high Reading Club and the high school Book Club.
The junior high and high school library is located on the east side of the high school building, just off Hayward Commons.