Library Media Center
At Saint Philip’s, we believe the classroom is not the only place for learning. Reading, studying, questioning, and inquiry-based learning go hand-in-hand at our library media center. As a community of avid readers, we have an extraordinary home here. We designed the school library media center as a bright and welcoming space where students, parents, and educators feel comfortable reading, growing, researching, and exploring. Large windows bordered by bench seats overlooking the Preschool playground, allow the Coral Gables’ sunshine to fill a welcoming room of more than 7000 books, a computer for researching with access to an online encyclopedia and database supporting innovative project-based learning, and furnished with inviting wood tables and shelves. The 2880 square foot school library media center serves as the heart of the St. Philip’s campus.
Our dedicated and knowledgeable librarians strive to maintain a large and diverse collection: selections from award-winning authors, an extensive grouping of easy readers, many children’s picture books, popular chapter books, the latest and the classic fiction and nonfiction series, young adult novels, multicultural and international resources, materials to complement curriculum, a reference section, and 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 the reading-for-pleasure passion and support the classroom teachers’ dedication to teaching the skills of reading.
PK 3 through fifth grade students visit the school library media center weekly for story time and literacy activities. Students also learn about library etiquette, resource locations, listening strategies, research procedures, copyright rules, and print and digital tools. Each year, authors visit the library media center to share their writing process and latest published books. The library media center creates a curriculum for each grade level to foster the love of reading while exposing students to the authors’ crafts and knowledge of settings and themes.