The mission of our library is to develop students who are independent and effective users of information in accordance with the Five Goals of a Sacred Heart education and the integrated framework of the American Association of School Libraries: Inquiry, Inclusion, Collaboration, Curation, Exploration, and Engagement. The library strives to enable all learners to be critical thinkers, lifelong readers, enthusiastic learners, and discriminating decision makers.
Critical thinkers | Lifelong readers | Enthusiastic learners | Discriminating decision makers
The library is located on the first floor of the School House building and is staffed by a full-time certified library media specialist. The area consists of a two-story library and a computer lab.
Students and faculty have access to:
- computer stations
- interactive whiteboard
- flat screen television
- Apple TV
Research at Sacred Heart Academy is enhanced by a growing collection of print and digital resources. The print collection begins with reference books and periodicals located on the top level of the library. Middle-school and upper-school fiction and non-fiction books can be found on the lower level tall stacks. The lower-school collection is located in the shorter stacks near the reading corner.
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Lower-school students visit the library once a week for book selection and library activities.
Middle and Upper School students may visit the library during lunch, study periods, or immediately after school.
Teachers in the Middle and Upper Schools schedule library time for their students to meet with the librarian for instruction and research as needed.
The computer lab is staffed by a full-time instructional media specialist and is equipped with 25 desktop computers, a smart board, various makerspace items including a 3D printer and programmable robots. Black and white or color printing and a pay-per-copy machine are available.
Instruction in the lab is coordinated with classroom teachers, the computer teacher, and the librarian, providing an authentic learning experience for the student.
The students enjoy authors and special guest readers throughout the year.