At St. Philip’s, we believe the classroom is not the only place for learning. Reading, studying, and inquiry-based learning go hand-in-hand in our media center. The media center is a bright and welcoming space where students, parents, and educators feel comfortable reading, growing, researching, and exploring. Large windows allow the Coral Gables sunshine to fill an inviting room of more than 8,000 books. Readers of all ages can settle into wood tables, window benches, or cozy scoop seats. The 2880-square-foot school media center is a vital hub for this community of avid readers.
Our dedicated and knowledgeable librarians strive to maintain a large and diverse collection ranging from picture books to classics. Our selections also include multicultural and international resources, materials to complement the curriculum, and a reference section. We also support the adults in our community by offering professional and parenting selections. Our librarians are committed to helping our school community become more effective and enthusiastic users of ideas and information. We encourage students to experience the joy of reading for pleasure and support the classroom teachers in teaching the skills of reading.
PreK3 through 5th-grade students visit the school media center weekly for story time and literacy activities. Students also learn about library etiquette, listening strategies, research procedures, copyright rules, and print and digital tools. Each year, authors visit the media center to share their writing process and the latest published books. The media center creates a curriculum for each grade level to foster the love of reading while supporting the school’s Baptismal Covenant and celebration of current and historical events.