The library at MMS exists to extend and enhance the curriculum in each environment.

Our librarian, Liz Phillips, works with the guides to select books and other materials for use in all the environments.

  • Elementary and middle school students may visit the library daily to borrow books for pleasure reading, do research online or in the library’s collection of books and periodicals, or to take a few minutes to relax with a book  or magazine in our reading area.
  • Checking out and returning books on time takes practice. Our library rules and procedures exist to instill responsibility. Overdue books incur fines of $0.10 per day.

One of the librarian’s key roles is to assist students as they deepen their exploration of the subjects they’ve encountered in their work. This includes helping students to formulate questions, select research tools, discern key terms for use in indexes and search engines, evaluate sources for developmental and topical suitability, and interpret print and online materials.

Another role the librarian and volunteers relish is helping children choose books to read for pleasure. We make a point of getting to know our students as readers, heeding their interests and concerns. If you have questions about our guidance or insights to offer, please email Liz at

Our library is available to students, parents and staff.

The library’s materials include books, a parent/professional library, magazines, video media, music CDs, and computers for student research and typing. We have a selection of books about Montessori education, child development, and parenting. Parents are encouraged to check out books and other materials from the school library and the parent/professional library.

Click here to view the library catalog online

Birthday books

It’s a special tradition at MMS to celebrate children’s birthdays with the gift of a book. When your child’s birthday approaches, contact Liz at about a title to present to the library in his or her honor. We keep a database of titles that we’d like to add to the library’s collection, often books that the guides have recommended to complement work being done in the different environments. We affix special bookplates to all books gifted in this way.

You can also check out our Amazon wishlist here: