The Thompson - Jones Library offers opportunities for lifelong learning and provides an experience that is beyond a traditional trip to the library. The two story building in the heart of campus has a separate Lower School Library for our grade Transitional Kindergarden-5 students and a combined Middle and Upper School Library for our grade 6-12 students. Each library offers a wide range of both print and ebooks.
Students have access to electronic databases and research materials in addition to a wide range of technology to meet their educational needs. There are four full time librarians who are available to students throughout the day and to assist with research needs. The libraries offer a variety of learning environments and resources to support different types of interactions and to promote student engagement. The Thompson - Jones Library is a vibrant hub of the school that is constantly evolving to provide for the changing needs of our students.
Lower School Experience
Lower school students are provided with a caring and warm environment in which a love of reading is nurtured. Library lessons are held in our storywell (a space that even the very oldest Providence Day students like to return to) and students can be found reading throughout the library on beanbags, window seats, or in the antique bathtub! From cookouts to book clubs, Reading with Rover to competing with Battle of the Books, author visits to scavenger hunts, there is something for all students to enjoy.
Middle School Experience
Middle school students have their own fiction collection which is housed in a middle school only lounge environment complete with a fireplace. Students are encouraged to relax and curl up with a good book. They can also participate in the three grade level book clubs or compete with the Battle of the Books team. The students have access to a vast collection of print and electronic resources to enrich their studies and a variety of spaces for individual and group work.
Upper School Experience
The Upper school students have access to the Learning Commons which houses the US fiction collection and provides a spacious and flexible environment for students to work collaboratively or relax with a good book. The combination of print and electronic resources and the variety of physical spaces in the library helps support self directed learning. The Upper School Book Club holds bi-monthly meetings to discuss books, films, authors and also hosts four movie nights in the library throughout the school year.