The library at MMS exists to extend and enhance the curriculum in each environment. In the Toddler Community and Primary environments, our librarian Wendy Trenthem works with the guides to select books and other materials for use in the classroom. Elementary and Middle School students are allowed to come once a day to the library for research and pleasure reading. The process of checking out and returning books on time can take students a while to learn on their own, and our library rules and procedures exist to instill responsibility. For children who continually lose track of books, it is recommended that they keep their books at school.
The librarian's role is to help students to further research and explore the subjects they have become interested in during their time in the classroom. The goal is to equip them with research and critical thinking skills in selecting and interpreting print and online materials. If you are concerned about your child's choice of books (i.e. subject matter, appropriateness for his/her age), please call the school to talk to Mrs. Trenthem about this.
Our library is available to students, parents and staff. Materials include books, a parent/professional library, a variety of magazines, video media, and music tapes and CDs. Computers are also available for student research.
Parents may check out books and other materials from the school library and the parent/professional library. Materials may be checked out for one month and renewed if desired. There is a selection of books about Montessori education, child development and parenting techniques.
When it's time for your child's birthday, feel free to contact Mrs. Trenthem about a title to present the library in his or her honor. This has become a special tradition and part of the birthday celebrations. Often the librarian has Montessori-oriented books on hand for families to purchase and give.
To learn more about the library contact Wendy Trenthem at the school.