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Rapt preschoolers dramatizing a beloved children’s story. Eager elementary students tracking down their next favorite book. Focused middle school students moving from print to online resources for a class research project.  These are daily scenes in each of our bright, functional, well-stocked libraries. Over 25,000 titles are available to Monte Cassino students.

Each school on the Monte Cassino campus has its own age-appropriate library where students can research information for class assignments, as well as develop a lifelong love of reading.  Inviting seating areas encourage students to get comfortable and read, while the reference/research areas are busy with individual and class curriculum-based research.

The story stages in both the Early Childhood Learning Center and Elementary Libraries provide a cozy, magical retreat for younger students to enjoy listening to a story.  The Elementary and Middle School Libraries have separate seating areas that can accommodate entire classes for research projects.  The Middle School Library actively engages the student in individual and class curriculum-based research, as well as providing inviting seating areas where students can get comfortable and read.  All three libraries use the same easy-to-use online library catalog system to assist students in research, and locate their favorite books.

The Monte Cassino Libraries are the centers of our inquiry-based curriculum.  Students visit frequently, on an individual basis, as well as in small groups and entire classes throughout the day.  Teachers and librarians collaborate in planning all research and literature activities to assure that our students are capable researchers and self-sufficient library users, comfortable using both print and online resources. Structured research using subscription and selected online resources is a part of every library research project.

With our age-appropriate, updated collections, students rarely leave without a good book to read!