The DCS Libary contains more than 12,000 books, audiobooks, DVDs and ebooks for student and staff use. The library also houses equipment such as Chromebooks, e-readers, mp3 players and Internet Hotspots which can be checked out to complete schoolwork at home.
The library program consists of goals focusing primarily on three areas:
Location and access of information
Development of literacy knowledge and skills
Development of skills to evaluate the quality of information from a variety of sources.
Lessons in location and access of information include learning to locate books in the library and use the library’s online catalog. Students learn keyword searching skills and how to locate materials using the Dewey Decimal System. Lessons in literacy knowledge and skills include reading and discussing different types of stories. Our discussions focus on ELA standards such as character, point of view, theme and summarizing. Lessons in evaluating the quality of information, for older students, include analyzing the currency, authority, and bias of online sources.
The school librarian uses Keys to Literacy concepts to support the literacy program at the school. Library classes also support learning standards and competencies in other curriculum areas, notably Social Studies and Science.