Academics

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 2017-18 we are proud to be hosting:
 
Jason Reynolds – A New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award Honoree, NAACP Image Award Winner, and multiple Coretta Scott King Book Award Honoree, Mr. Reynolds will captivate audiences in grades 3-12 with his vivid storytelling, inspiring many to journal about their personal experiences. (October 6, 2017)
 
Eucabeth Odhiambo –  First-time author of Auma’s Long Run, Ms. Odhiambo will share with 6th grade students her experiences growing up in a Kenyan village ravaged by the AIDS epidemic.  Her visit ties into the students’ social studies and science units, respectively, on African culture and infectious diseases. (October 12, 2017)
 
Laurie Frankel – Ms. Frankel will meet with Upper School students to discuss her latest book, This Is How It Always Is, a heartwarming story about unconditional love in a family whose youngest child reveals she is transgender. Sponsored by The Ivy Bookshop. (October 30, 2017)
 
Erin and Philip Stead – Caldecott Medal winners Philip and Erin Stead have brought a never-before-published, previously unfinished Mark Twain children's story to life in The Purloining Of Prince Oleomargarine. This family event, sponsored by The Ivy Bookshop, is open to the public. (November 12, 2007)
 
Grace Lin Newbery-honoree author/illustrator Grace Lin will share her latest novel, When the Sea Turned to Silver, a National Book Award finalist, with students in grades Pre-K-8.  Ms. Lin has recently been seen on the PBS Newshour and in a very popular TED Talk examining racism in children’s literature. (December 1, 2017)
 
Raul Gonzalez, aka Raul the Third – This Pura Belpre award-winning illustrator of the graphic novel Lowriders to the Center of the Earth will share stories about his early life in the barrio and demonstrate his intricate drawing style with our Lower, Middle, and Upper School students. (February 12, 2018)
 
Matthew Cordell – Winner of a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Wolf in the Snow, Mr. Cordell’s Trouble Gum is a favorite of Lower School teacher Mrs. Burggraf. Hearing your teacher laugh that hard surely is one of the highlights of 2nd grade. Mr. Cordell’s visit coincides with the 3rd grade book writing and illustrating project. (April 2018)

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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