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St. Christopher’s recognizes the changing needs of boys at every age by maintaining three separate libraries, each equipped with a variety of resources to complement the curriculum and staffed by skilled librarians who work closely with students and teachers. The school’s libraries house a combined collection of over 41,000 print and non-print materials and provide online access to the library catalogs and subscription reference tools, including encyclopedias and periodical databases. Librarians at all levels at St. Christopher’s collaborate with one another and with their sister school, St. Catherine’s, to provide a cohesive library program.
Lower School Library
Boys, books … and Legos? Lower School boys come to the library to hear stories, to check out books for pleasure and purpose, to work on homework and research projects, and yes, to display their Legos and other creative projects. With several computers available for student use, the library is a busy gathering place throughout the school day.
Two librarians introduce young boys to a wide range of literature as a means of enjoyment and exposure to the world around them, and assist teachers by enhancing the school curriculum with a variety of materials.
Special events such as author, illustrator, and storyteller visits, as well as the highly anticipated Book Fairs, help build excitement about reading. Visit the lower school library web page to find photos from past events, summer reading lists, and announcements about upcoming programs.
Middle School Library
An active space located in the center of our Middle School campus, the Middle School Library is a hub for collaborative learning. At this level, silent study hall periods are proctored in classrooms. Throughout the day, whole classes meet in this library for “booktalks,” research instruction, and project completion.
Pleasure reading is promoted with group programing and an extensive collection of high-interest literature. Author visits, whole-class “booktalks,” and small-group “book clubs” provide a balance of exposure and enrichment for our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.
Research Skills are incorporated regularly with content-area projects. Our classroom teachers collaborate with our full-time librarian to ensure that database searching, paraphrasing, note taking, and citation generation are developed via age-appropriate instruction and authentic practice.
In addition to planned programming, the library serves as a casual meeting space for partner-projects, avid readers, and student group meetings.
Upper School Library
The Upper School Memorial Library plays a vital role in the daily life of Upper School students. While supporting the reading and research needs of both students and faculty, the library also provides a quiet place for students to do homework, study, work on projects, and relax. Computer workstations located throughout the library can be used to check the library’s catalog, search reference databases, write a paper, or search the Internet. Two full-time librarians provide library instruction to individuals and classes, assist in research, make referrals to nearby libraries when needed, and prepare a collection of materials to support the Upper School curriculum. As boys graduate, they leave St. Christopher’s prepared to conduct research at the next educational level.
Library Database Access
To access databases, library catalogs and online resources, please log in to
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Middle School students Skype with Insignia author, S. J. Kincaid.
Lucinda 'Lucinda' Whitehurst
Lower School Learning Commons Coordinator/Librarian
(804) 282-3185 x2380
Laura 'Laura' Sabo
Lower School Learning Commons Librarian
9804) 282-3185 x2270
Lisa 'Lisa' Brennan
Middle School Librarian
(804) 282-3185 x3677
Virginia 'Ginny' Stone
Upper School Librarian
(804) 282-3185 x4358
Marsha 'Marsha' Hawkins
Librarian in Upper School
(804) 282-3185 x4329
711 St. Christopher’s Road, Richmond, Virginia 23226