Fostering a Culture of Reading and ResearchWith two library facilities, abundant resources and innovative technology, students at Canterbury gain knowledge from our Master's-level librarians who partner with teachers to impart the research skills that are critical for success in college and in life. Our inquiry-based teaching approach hinges on information literacy – knowing how to find, verify, use and cite information available in print and on the Web. The mission of our library program is to build a community of readers and thinkers.
Hough Campus (PK3 - Grade 4)
Serving our elementary school, the Interactive Library was re-envisioned in 2013 to create a space that liberates the exploration of ideas, encourages inquiry, imagination, discovery and creativity by connecting students to information, to each other and to communities around the world. It includes
- Interactive display technology (SMARTboards and Promethean tables for group innovation and critical thinking)
- A green screen for filming
- iPads loaded with educational apps
- Cozy places to curl up and read a book
- And, of course, thousands of books, both print and electronic, for all reading levels.
Students are motivated to utilize library resources through activities and incentives such as
- One School, One Book program each fall
- The Sunshine State Young Reader Award
- Battle of the Books
- Summer reading programs
- Spring Book Fair
These events make reading relevant, social and exciting. As students are challenged through various incentives, they discover a genuine love of reading.
Knowlton Campus (Grades 5 - 12)
The Carothers Family Library provides a place for middle and upper school students to expand their minds and develop strong study habits. The common area in our library empowers active and collaborative learning via a space that is open, dynamic and integrated with technology.
- A green screen for filming video and audio podcasts, interviews, and auditions
- Presentation spaces
- One DSLR camera and two camcorders available for use for special projects
- An adjoining makerspace
- Couches and ottoman seating for comfort, flexibility, and group work
- Encyclopedia Britannica Online
- Ebrary (a database of 45,000+ eBooks)
- QuestiaSchool (online research database for Grades 7 - 12)
- Online Public Access Catalog or OPAC
- SIRS Knowledge Source by Proquest
- Magazine, newspaper and journal articles on current event