At Highland School, our libraries serve three primary functions:
1. Research and information literacy
A primary goal of Highland's library program is that our graduates are ready to navigate the world of college research. To that end, the library program teaches information literacy from the earliest grades. Information literacy encompasses learning how to locate information, discern it’s worth for the task at hand, use the information ethically and synthesize the information found to create new thinking. This process is applied to all resources whether print, electronic, book, web page or database.
2. Encourage a love of reading
Becoming a strong, independent reader is a major building block of intellectual growth. No other activity correlates more directly to imaginative thinking and academic achievement. Habitual readers who enjoy fiction and nonfiction experience a broader base of knowledge, deeper empathy, and have a more engaged view of the world. The process of becoming a reader requires access to books that instill interest, time to read, and social interaction around books.
At Highland, all three of our libraries develop their collections with these precepts in mind, providing books that interest and expose our students to a diverse reading experience. Author visits, author studies, book talks, Battle of the Books teams, book fairs, and reading lists all contribute to developing habitual and happy readers.
3. Easy access to a range of resources
Library materials, both in print and online, are chosen to support Highland's classroom curriculum as well as meet the learning needs of each student. Our three libraries have a collection of over 20,000 volumes of books, accompanied by electronic databases, eBooks, and audiobooks, as well as CDs and DVDs. Additionally, Highland's libraries sponsor two book fairs each year and book fair proceeds fund author and illustrator visits and other special programming.