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Library Science lessons are taught to all grades kindergarten through eighth.  Students have access to both classic and new literature in the extensive collection, as well as the integration of technology. Students complete extensive research for projects.  While the library is a place of investigation and digging into different worlds, the library is also viewed by all as a FUN place to go!
 Library class is on a weekly basis and students learn about subjects such as the Dewey Decimal System, MLA citation, Reading Circles, Literature Genres, Library Manners and Research Skills. These skills help the students to not only become better readers, but also helps to develop their skills for other academic disciplines. Mrs. Kimberly Habyk, the SHS librarian, presents many of the lessons by reading a book aloud and conducting group discussion as well as a follow up activity to encourage students to "read-between-the-lines." Students are required to check out a minimum of one book each week.  Books are use for SSR (sustained silent reading) in their own classrooms, research projects required by classroom teachers, or for leisure.  The librarian is present at least four days a week.  The library is often used by students in grades six through eight as a place to study before school and during recess periods.  
The small student to librarian ratio allows the SHS librarian to get to know each student personally and assist students in finding books that are just the right fit for each individual.  
Students consider the library a very warm and nurturing spot in the school. Student library volunteers are also an integral part of the library as they assist Mrs. Habyk in cataloging and shelving books while learning the daily operation of a school library.  The library at SHS is a cozy nest in which students quietly cultivate their love of reading and let their imaginations take them on incredible journeys. 
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