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.

This year, we are proud to be hosting the 2016 Newbery Medalist and all three 2016 Newbery Honorees.

Matt de la Peña, winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal for his picture book, Last Stop on Market Street, visited with students in grades PK-12 on November 9. Mr. de la Peña is best known for his young adult fiction. But his brilliant picture book, about a child and his grandmother riding a bus and witnessing the beauty of their urban environment, was the second picture book to ever win the Newbery.

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley visited with students in grades 3-8 on October 6. Bradley was the recipient of a Newbery Honor for her book, The War that Saved My Life. The book also won the Schneider Family Award, which is given for children's literature that portrays characters with disabilities.

Pam Muñoz Ryan, a Newbery honoree for her book, Echo, and a multiple winner of the Pura Belpré Award for outstanding writing by a Latino/a author, visited with students in grades PK - 8 on October 24. Ryan rarely makes school visits, so we were honored to have her on campus.

Victoria Jamieson, the author/illustrator of the Newbery Honor winner, Roller Girl, is scheduled to visit Friends the week of May 15, 2017. We hope that Jamieson, herself a roller derby skater, will inspire some of our own Charm City Rollers to stop by campus for some derby action.

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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