Library & Technology

Integrating libraries and tech to promote student-centered learning

At Friends School, nurturing a love of reading and literature is paramount to our work. Our librarians and technology educators work in tandem to integrate into the curriculum a variety of skills — from information literacy and research techniques to coding and programming, digital literacy, and digital citizenship — that promote active, student-centered learning. We believe that cultivating this level of expertise in our students is critically important to prepare them for the many challenges that college and the real world will present.

Our divisional libraries serve as a “learning commons” for students of all ages, offering space and opportunities for group work, project-based learning, and time spent enjoying books. Our librarians and technology educators are teachers first and serve as collaborative partners with our faculty. Together they guide students to find new ways of demonstrating knowledge, conducting research, and exploring their passions through authentic learning that reinforces traditional skills and concepts.

Visiting Authors at Friends

The goal of the Friends Visiting Author program is to help students make connections with great writing/illustrating and the people behind the work that goes into producing books.

In 2019-20 we are proud to be hosting:

Hena Khan Maryland author, Hena Khan will meet with Middle School students on September 20th to share her new middle grades novel More to the Story, which features four sisters from a modern Muslim American family living in Georgia. Ms. Khan’s award-winning body of work ranges from picture books to middle grades novels, many with themes of culture, friendship, and family within the Muslim American community. (September 20, 2019)

Nathan Hale The author/illustrator of the highly popular Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales which take on US and World history in a graphic format will be visiting with students in grades 3 - 8 on Oct. 23rd.(October 23, 2019)

Sarah Jacoby Ms. Jacoby’s work as an illustrator is captured in two books published this year (The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown and The Rabbit and the Motorbike) along with last year’s very well received title, Forever or a Day,  for which she was the author and illustrator.  Jacoby attended a Friends school in Philadelphia and was even the student of our own Diana White! (K-2 Oct. 25, 2019)

Rosemary Wells  Author of a plethora of picture books as well as middle grade novels we are very fortunate to be welcoming the incomparable Rosemary Wells in November.  She will be on campus with us for a visit with K-2 students one day and then another day she will be back in partnership with Friends School Grandmother and educator Barbara Moross for an intensive writing workshop. (November 2019)

Meg Medina  The 2019 Newbery Medalist will be with students Grades K-8 for a celebration of her award-winning picture books, middle grade and young adult novels.  Meg Medina celebrates her Cuban American culture in many ways from the Ezra Jack Keat’s award-winning picture book Tía Isa Wants a Car to her Newbery winning Merci Suárez Changes Gears to her many young adult titles including a winner of the  Pura Belpré award. (February 28, 2020)

Renée Watson The Newbery Honoree and Coretta Scott King Award winner will be with students in grades 3-8 on May 1st.  Her hugely popular novels have become hallmarks of literature for young people and teachers. Her willingness to confront issues of race and class in developmentally-appropriate ways make her a standard bearer for writers for young people today. (May 1, 2020)

D. Watkins -- Local Baltimore and New York Times bestselling author, Mr. Watkins will meet with Middle and Upper school students to share his newest book, We Speak for Ourselves: A Word from Forgotten Black America. An inspiring speaker and social activist, D. Watkins will read from his newest book to share insight into how we can gain a better understanding of underrepresented communities and strive towards positive change in our neighborhoods.  (May 20, 2020)

Lower School

The library encourages students to love reading and to become more than simply content consumers. Students use technology to archive their learning portfolios, create content, make global connections, and become responsible digital citizens.

Middle School

The library contains more than 16,000 items, a robust digital library and devices for students to film, record, and edit. Librarians and tech educators work with teachers to guide students to develop media literacy and a deeper understanding of digital citizenship.

Upper School

Serving as a place for quiet study, collaborative group work, and research consultations; students are encouraged to use the library and its technology as a tool to enhance important skills — such as information literacy and critical-thinking.
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