Our library has over 8,000 titles in its collection, including both fiction and nonfiction, for grades PreK through Middle School. In addition, the library has magazine titles for all grade levels as well as videos, DVD's and CD ROM resources for teachers. Supplementing the non-fiction section are numerous reference sources, including both print and online encyclopedias, as well as Catholic resource materials such as Catholic encyclopedias, Catechism resources, and Saint books, both print and CD ROM.
The library is navigated through Library World, a browser-based library catalog which allows for access from any computer with an online connection. Parents can access the the Library Resource Tab inside Ren Web Parents for information about the web address, user name and password. From this location, information can be obtained about library contents and materials.
Encyclopedia Britannica Online is a comprehensive, continually updated web-based encyclopedia. Search results are grouped by grade level, allowing student researchers to find age appropriate answers to their queries. EB Online can be accessed from any internet connected computer, allowing the student to work on assignments outside of school. Parents can log in to RenWeb parents web to obtain all necessary passwords that are needed to connect to Library World and Encyclopedia Britannica.
Scholastic Reading Counts is a reading program designed to boost a student's love of reading along with their comprehension. Our school offers the program in grades 1 through 8 to supplement the literacy program. After reading a book, the student takes a ten-question quiz to assess their comprehension of the story. The student gets immediate feedback, and can also rate the book. Teachers can chart the student's progress and adjust his or her readings accordingly. We believe that this program helps to enhance the overall reading program in the most formative years of kindergarten, first and second grades.
A Summer Reading List will be distributed at the end of each school year to provide continuity in every student's literacy development and to encourage higher-level thinking and comprehension skills. Students come to the library each week during class time. In addition, they are permitted to return with parents after school to spend additional time in research.