Sacred Heart Schools is the home of two libraries serving students, faculty and staff from preschool to twelfth grade. The librarians seek to promote a life long love of learning and reading through a variety of diverse resources which help to deepen a respect for intellectual values, and to stimulate social awareness and personal growth. Beginning with basic information literacy instruction, the librarians encourage intellectual curiosity and critical thinking which enhance the array of complex skills our students need to live, learn, and work successfully in a global community.
The Stevens Library, for Lower and Middle School students, is located on the new campus behind the Murphy Administration Building. It is often a lively place with weekly scheduled classes for read-aloud /storytelling sessions, lessons in library and research skills, and the selection of books. The librarian works with faculty to complement classroom activities and studies in order to enhance the academic and intellectual opportunities offered to each student. The Stevens Library is open to students for study, research, homework and pleasure reading before school, during school under teacher direction and librarian availability, and to Middle School students after school.
Lower School Students’ Library Use Policy:
- Lower School students are welcome to visit the library to check out materials from 3:15 – 3:30 pm. After 3:30 pm they must be accompanied by an adult to remain in the library.
- Lower school students are welcome to meet with a registered tutor in the library until closing. (Please contact Kathy Tuccio, Director of HR, for information about registering a tutor)
- Lower School students not working with a registered tutor or checking out materials must go to the after-school Extended Care program in the Xie Building with Melissa Greenleaf. There is a fee for this. The registration, information and rate forms are in the parent portal.
Middle School Students’ Library Use Policy:
- Middle School student are welcome to visit the library after school until closing.
- Students are expected to engage in quiet independent work or in silent reading.
- Students in grades 4-8 remaining on campus for a practice, game or performance must go to the After-School Study Hall, which is in the Xie Building. The student does not need to sign up; this study hall is free of charge for the student.
Lucas Family Library
The Lucas Family Library offers a program of instruction in academic research and information skills that is well integrated into the curriculum for grades 9-12 and is open before and after school. All of the online services are accessible from home using a password. The program emphasizes the development of higher-order thinking skills that aid the process of locating, evaluating, and using information in an academic context. The librarians work closely with teachers to insure that the program is cohesive and consistent, gradually introducing students to resources and skills in a step-by-step process. The broad goals of the program are to foster life-long learning and to prepare the student for the use of a college or university research library.