The Browning Library supports the school curricula and provides access to information, technology and literature for all students. Lower School boys visit the library once a week for instruction, story time, and to check out books. The Lower School library program aims to introduce the boys to a wide variety of literature and resources so that they may develop their information literacy skills and feel comfortable navigating the library’s print and electronic resources.
Kindergarten and Grade One
The primary objectives are to promote literature appreciation, an understanding of different genres, and a level of comfort in the library. The librarians cover care of books, the examination of different types of reading materials, and an introduction to the arrangement of library materials.
Students are introduced to a variety of reference materials, and they learn to implement beginning research skills in coordination with their classroom work. Using both traditional print reference sources and online encyclopedias and websites, second graders work with the librarians to do background research for their Science Fair projects and their New York City landmarks project. As they expand their choices for free reading selection, second graders begin to search for fiction and nonfiction books using the online catalog.
Students continue building research skills and learn to use electronic databases and online resources to support their classroom projects in social studies and science. Librarians lead the students in an exploration of responsible digital citizenship with an introduction to online sharing, privacy, safe searching, and more.
By Fourth Grade, students become comfortable using the online catalog independently to find materials for pleasure reading and for research. They continue to use both digital and print reference works, and to evaluate the resources they find on the web. Fourth graders begin using citation tools in order to create and format bibliographies for their research in science and social studies. All of their acquired information literacy skills will build a foundation for the research projects awaiting them in Middle School.