Reading is an important part of a student’s education, and one of the main ways that Berean Christian School encourages reading is through our school library.
Elementary students (K-5) attend a library class each week. It is in these classes that students learn how to care for books, as well as methods of using reference materials and finding books through the library’s digital card catalog. Our library facility includes two computers with access to the card catalog that students are invited to use.
Another aspect of the library classes is learning about and being exposed to nationally-recognized and award winning books such as Newberry, Caldecott, and Christy award winners.
Students are encouraged to develop critical thinking by reading and writing reviews of books to share with their peers. In the Berean library, our students learn to write book reviews and are allowed to post them in the card catalog.
Other ways that Berean library classes encourage creativity and a love of reading is that students can write their own books as well as spend time in the “Buddy Reading Corner” where they can pile up with pillows and enjoy reading their favorite books.
Our library is utilized by third through twelfth grades not only for pleasure reading but also for academic book reports and research. Sixth through twelfth grade students do not attend library class but are invited to visit the Berean library before or after school, during lunch or during study hall.
Berean teachers may also set up a time to bring their classes to the library to work on special projects.
Our school librarian, Darla Glies, works alongside our teachers to locate resources and other materials to supplement our academic curriculum.
Mrs. Glies is also responsible for organizing two book fairs each school year. Our book fairs have the dual purpose of fostering a love of reading while helping us to raise funds for necessary materials. Another event held recently at Berean was a Reading Challenge. 240 students were “caught” reading. As a result, Coach Mike had to wear a wild and crazy costume for the day.
To learn more about our library or contact our librarian Darla Glies, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 865-521-6054 ex. 100.