Academics

Library

The library program fosters the enjoyment and appreciation of literature and helps students find, evaluate, synthesize, present, and produce information efficiently, effectively, and ethically. Resources and facilities are available to support classroom work and enrich each student’s educational experience. During scheduled library visits, children are introduced to a variety of print and electronic materials, and guidance is provided for students selecting books for assigned and recreational reading.

List of 7 items.

  • PreKindergarten

    At the PreKindergarten level,  I want students to find a friendly, receptive environment in the library – a place to develop the love of books and stories and to know that this is a special place where books are kept, cared for, and respected, ready to be opened, ready to fascinate. The library should be an atmosphere  in which readers and non-readers can feel comfortable.
  • Kindergarten

    In Kindergarten, children are encouraged to view the library as a place in which the pleasure of books can be theirs. Here they can learn more of the great variety of literature available and an appreciation of the many materials available in the library. This is also the time to introduce taking responsibility for choosing books, checking them out, taking care of them, and later returning them.
  • First Grade

    First graders are encouraged to use the library for its quiet space, to treat the library materials responsibly, and to enjoy books. The main goals of the library program are to have the students gain an appreciation for a “good story” (literature appreciation) and to recognize that information can satisfy one’s curiosity (information literacy).
  • Second Grade

    At the second grade level, I introduce children to a more challenging menu of class activities, skills, and materials. By second grade, children can begin to be able to find resources independently in the library and do more involved tasks such as online book searches. I encourage children to enjoy themselves while observing library etiquette so others can concentrate and use their time well.
  • Third Grade

    In the third grade, students are encouraged to become more independent in their use of library resources and are given formal instruction on using the Online Library Catalog database.  Students are also introduced to the Dewey Decimal System and practice locating both fiction and nonfiction books in the library. During weekly read alouds, students continue to work on active listening and critical thinking skills as we look at more sophisticated plot lines, character development, and comparative literature.
  • Fourth Grade

    In the fourth grade the library curriculum furthers students’ appreciation and enjoyment of literature and focuses on an in-depth study of the various fiction genres (e.g. fantasy, mystery, realistic fiction and historical fiction).  The curriculum also provides students opportunities to plan search strategies when doing research, using print and online reference sources, and to synthesize information to organize and produce new meaning.
  • Fifth Grade

    For fifth grade students, the library becomes a resource and a reference point whenever any question of reading or researching arises. The students read and share literature as they do in Language Arts classes. Students participate in the annual Massachusetts Children’s Book Award program and prepare and present monthly book summaries and projects (Library Workshop). Students also complete two in-class research projects over the year following the steps of the BIG 6 research method.

Library Staff

List of 1 members.

  • Marta Willett 

    Librarian
    Bio

CRS Library Catalog

To browse the library catalog or access reference databases, click the link below.

Reference Databases


For kindergarten through Grade 5.  Search articles and reference books for research and general learning.
 

For middle and high school students.  Articles from newspapers, magazines, and reference books.


Encyclopedia articles, multimedia content, and a world atlas for kids and teens


Concise, reliable, and up-to-date country, state and Canadian province information.

Biographies and articles about modern and historical figures.

Global Issues In Context supports global awareness and provides a global perspective empowering learners to critically analyze and understand important issues of the modern world.  Content includes articles, videos and podcasts.

Research in Context

Created for middle school students, Research In Context covers a range of topics including cultures, government, people, U.S. and world history, and literature. Content includes videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more.

Science in Context

Science In Context provides contextual information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics, showcasing how scientific disciplines relate to real-world issues.


Comprehensive background and current analysis for researching and understanding current and pervasive global issues.

 
InfoTrac Newsstand provides access to more than 2,300 major U.S. regional, national, and local newspapers, as well as leading titles from around the world.  Content includes images, radio and TV broadcasts and transcripts.