New Library Procedures


“[B]ut for my own part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short.”

― Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey


On any given day at St. Catherine's you could find the SCM Library bustling with activity. Students would come in looking for books to support research on whales, Mars, Peru or Harriet Tubman. They also may be looking for the latest book in the Wings of Fire series, wanting to reread for the third time the Harry Potter series, explore the world of Greek mythology, or enjoy for the first time Jane Austen's Emma.

But, this is not any given day at St. Catherine's. This is a new day living with the restrictions of Covid-19. Instead of the children coming to the library, the library comes to the children! To maintain the cohort model that has been established, guides and assistants regularly come into the library to pick out books to read to students in class or at home remote-learning, for research that the child is doing in class, or for pleasure during free time. When books are returned, the books stay "in quarantine" for four days until they are re-shelved. All SCM library books checked out by a child learning in person must remain on campus and in the child's class. Parents whose children are learning remotely can request a book for pickup, and parents can also request books from the Parent Library for pickup. To learn more about this option, please contact Melissa Lopez at [email protected].