Winters Lower School Library

Serving SCDS students and faculty in grades PK – Five
Georgia Rust presided over the Lower School library from 1973 to 2000. When Mrs. Rust retired, the school declared May 26, 2000, Georgia Rust Day, and the library where she had spent almost thirty years was named in her honor.  Cary Kelly, a long-time SCDS sixth grade teacher and credentialed librarian, assumed Georgia’s duties for a dozen years before retiring in 2012.  Current librarian Sue Ryan spent over 20 years in the classroom before assuming her new position in the library.

In 2008, a magnificent new library facility with 12,000 volumes, a computer center, and a charming and cozy reading nook was made possible through the generosity of John and Debra Winters and their children Kayla ’09, Ryan ’05, and Justin ’02.  The Rust Library was converted into the Lower School Music Room.

Cultivating a passion for books, reading, and learning is the heart of the Winters Library program. Instruction in information literacy, a variety of library celebrations, and an outstanding collection of children’s literature support and inspire Country Day’s youngest community of readers and researchers.

Matthews Middle and High School Library

Serving SCDS students and faculty in grades Six – Twelve
The mission of the Matthews Library is to foster lifelong learning. The two main goals of the library are to prepare students for college-level research and to continue the school’s goal of developing passionate readers. We encourage our students to be curious and interested in learning, and we provide curriculum to develop the information literacy skills necessary for 21st century learners.

Our collection of more than 13,000 curriculum-oriented titles includes print books, e-books, periodicals, and films. In our fiction and non-fiction titles, we strive to represent the world’s diversity of race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, ability, faith, and political persuasion.

In addition to using iPads and laptops in the library, students can also use our 12 computers to access our online catalog, as well as research databases and the Internet. We subscribe to numerous databases useful for student research, including Infotrac, Daily Life Through History, and Global Issues in Context.

The library is open from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Our staff includes one full-time librarian on duty until 3:30 p.m.; one part-time library assistant available through the day and for after-school reference; and volunteers who help with shelving and processing.


Luca – November 2011
Aidan – January 2012
Kayla – February 2012
Jacob – May 2012
Kenna – January 2014


    • Guest storytellers/authors/illustrators
    • The annual 25-cents-per-copy Used Book Bonanza with Lady Teaselpaw
    • Read Across America Day with the Cat in the Hat
    • Colonial Market Day with Mistress Runcible Farthing
    • A Wild Reading Rumpus
    • California Young Reader Medal voting
    • Fifth Grade Super Duper SSR
    • Librarian for the Day
    • Poem in Your Pocket Day
    • Talk Like a Pirate Day with Captain Bravebilge and Butterball


  • Banned Books Week
  • Teen Read Week
  • World Cultures Week
  • Read Across America Day Lava Reading Lounge
  • Teen Tech Week
  • Monthly Book Club
  • TED Tuesdays
  • Librarian for the Day
  • Poem in Your Pocket Day
  • Guest author visits
  • Speakeasy open mic nights
  • Sophomore Project Presentation Battle
  • Cookies and Books
  • Monthly Leadership Lunch presentations
  • Classical music Fridays
  • Polyglot Cat in the Hat

I must say that I find television very educational.
The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a book.
– Groucho Marx



Middle and High School
6th-12th Grades

Lower School
1st grade
2nd grade
3rd grade
4th grade
5th grade

LS Reading Log

Book Award Lists for Young Readers
Caldecott Medal
California Young Reader – Intermediate (3-5)
California Young Reader – Primary (K-2)
Coretta Scott King Award
Edwards Award
Geisel Award
King Steptoe Award
Newberry Award
Pura Belpre Award
Sibert Medal

The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
– Dr. Seuss