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Library Mission

The Garnet Valley School District received the distinction of being named Pennsylvania School Librarians Association’s Outstanding School Library Media Program for 2000. This award is given to a district in which all schools provide an exemplary program that upholds the highest degree of professionalism and the greatest service to the students. This award is given to only one school district each year.

In 2006, the Garnet Valley High School Library received the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association’s Inpidual Library Information Center Award in recognition of being the best Pennsylvania school library that is an integral part of the educational program of all students. The award is given to only one school each year.

The mission of the Garnet Valley School District libraries is to provide the framework for students to develop lifelong reading skills and lifelong learning skills, including the effective use of information technologies. The libraries will provide free and equal access to materials and information technologies that meet the intellectual, curricular, and recreational needs of students. To accomplish this mission, the professionally certified librarians at each building will instruct students on inpidual, small group, and classroom levels. In collaboration with classroom teachers, the librarians will enrich and supplement classroom activities and projects with library resources.

The libraries teach a curriculum based upon national standards from the American Association of School Librarians Information Literacy Standards and the Pennsylvania Assessment Standards.

Each of the five buildings in Garnet Valley School District has a library staffed by a full-time professionally certified librarian and a full-time paraprofessional. The libraries have an outstanding collection of periodicals, books, online databases, and audio-visual resources. Each library has computers that connect to the GVSD network and Internet as well as a computer lab located in or adjacent to each library. The librarians collaborate with the reading teachers as well as the study skills teachers at their schools to provide information and literacy skill instruction.

Each library has been renovated or has been newly constructed in recent years to incorporate newer technology and provide for the current needs of GVSD students. All libraries are members of Access Pennsylvania, a statewide interlibrary loan program and Power Library that provides fee-based online databases such as EBSCO magazine and newspaper database, encyclopedias, AP Photo Archives, SIRS, Facts on File and Gale literature databases. The elementary and middle school libraries have strong parent volunteer groups that help with paraprofessional duties in the library as well as provide fund-raising activities for library materials.

GVSD has a strong community commitment to libraries. Monetary donations are received from the community during the year. These donations provide library resources in addition to budgeted money from the school board.

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