The Matthews Library, which serves the Middle and High Schools, is a bright, lively space filled with materials to support classwork. It also boasts cozy reading, quiet study space, and a librarian and an assistant that are always eager to help (and sometimes provide chocolate and/or tea). Library displays reflect a variety of topics including student favorites as well as current events topics of interest. The Library Program includes support for classes as well as extracurricular pursuits. And sometimes, we just like to display books about cake (because it’s delicious).
Students are given the skills they will need to be successful and thoughtful researchers. For their year-long Sophomore Projects, this includes multiple drafts of a research paper and a presentation (the chocolate and/or tea usually come in handy during Sophomore year). The top 10 presenters deliver their presentations to the community and compete for prizes while the top writers get prizes at the annual High School Awards Ceremony. Older students reinforce and refine skills used in the Sophomore Project so they’re ready for college research.
The Library encourages a love of reading, from Shakespeare to economics to zombie novels. We encourage civic engagement and promote an awareness of and a desire to make a difference in the world around our students. Some of our events and celebrations are listed below.
In addition to these events, we also take the time to celebrate lesser-known holidays such as:
Clean out Your Computer Day
Universal Letter Writing Week
Money Smart Week
World Food Day
National Puzzle Day
The Matthews Library is not only a place for research, studying, and sporadic tea-drinking, but also a place that we are proud to say promotes lifelong habits of learning.
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.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please come by and utilize this important space and resource on our campus!