Sandy Spring Friends School



SSFS Lower School Library Program

The Library Program at Sandy Spring Lower School has the dual goals of fostering a love of books and teaching information skills.

The library program  is planned to blend with the Lower School curricula, supporting both academic and spiritual themes. During the early grades, library classes emphasize the pleasure derived from books. Librarians and teachers share literature in a variety of ways through the use of storytelling, music, poetry, creative dramatics, and puppetry. They also demonstrate appropriate use of library materials. Students regularly borrow books and learn to be responsible for their safe return.

As the students begin to seek more materials and information of interest to them, they learn to use and understand the organization of the classification system and the automated library catalog. When well-grounded in our system, students apply the same skills to search other library reference tools (in both electronic and print formats) and the Internet. The library program supports classroom research with practical instruction in how to find, collect, and evaluate information. Students explore the concept of respect for other people’s work and intellectual property as the basis for citation and bibliography creation. By the end of the Lower School years, students are expected to be adept at the essential skills of asking good questions and finding answers.