The Library at St. Martin’s Episcopal School is the heart of the school’s greater learning community. Students come to the library to explore new ideas, discover and understand the world around them, and to broaden their own perspectives through reading, research and inquiry.
Creating a foundation for lifelong learning is central to the library program.
The goal of the library program is to foster active and authentic learning and to help students become independent, information-literate, lifelong readers who are effective users of ideas, information and technology.
Library information skills are integrated into the school’s curriculum beginning with our 2-year-olds and extending through the 8th-grade year, as students are provided instruction, resources and activities that engage them in pursuing knowledge within and beyond the curriculum. The integration of library resources, services and skills across grade levels is as varied and diverse as the needs of our individual classes and students, yet the focus remains the same: learning with information and technology rather than learning about information and technology.
The St. Martin’s Library provides a rich variety of print and electronic resources for our students and faculty. The print collection includes more than 15,000 books and magazines, which can be checked out by students, educators, and parents. The video collection includes DVDs on a variety of topics for faculty and class use. Through Overdrive, our ebook and downloadable audiobook collection include almost 12,000 titles. The library also houses 7 computers that provide students access to numerous online databases and subscription services including BrainPop, Culturegrams, Encyclopedia Britannica, Gale, Maps101 and GALILEO.
As one of the most popular places on campus, students of all grade levels enjoy gathering in the library to work independently or collaboratively, to use a computer, or simply to relax and enjoy reading a good book. In addition, the library is also home to several special events over the course of the school year: author visits by nationally recognized and award-winning writers and illustrators, Mystery Readers, two Book Fairs, voting for the Georgia Book Award, Book Swaps and Birthday Book Parties.