Laurel School Library
It's a new school year!
Welcome to the Laurel Library
Come visit our Reading Rainforest! This year’s theme is the rainforest and inside the library, you will find colorful wild birds, lush green plants, butterflies, cheetahs, and even a ficus tree! And over 11,000 books, wonderful books!
Laurel Library FAQs
Where is the library and who is the librarian?
The library is located between the main office and the plaza. I, Gail Bradley, am the teacher-librarian. I’m beginning my 6th year here at Laurel, which was preceded by 11 years as librarian at Encinal. I am a fully credentialed teacher and fully credentialed teacher-librarian (the state’s official name for librarians), having completed my library and information science credential at San Jose State University. Teaching, children’s books and libraries are my passions and I get to combine them all in the best job at Laurel!
How often does my child get to go to the library?
Your child’s class goes to the library once a week at the same time on the same day every week (which happily makes it easier to remember to return books on time).
What does my child do in the library?
Each week, your student will hear a story read aloud by me, then will have 10-15 minutes to look at books, check them out, and read. Library lessons are taught as well. Lessons are sequential in that they build on each other and each grade level learns something new. Among other things, students learn about parts of a book, differences between fiction and nonfiction, how books are organized in the library, and how to search for books on the computer and on their own. Kindergartners learn the basics—that a library is arranged alphabetically and by subject, and has fiction books, picture books, beginning reader books, and nonfiction books. By the end of third grade, students are fairly familiar with the Dewey Decimal System and become quite skilled at finding books on their own. The goal is to make students independent seekers (and finders) of information. One of my favorite library quotes came from former First Lady Laura Bush (herself a school librarian):"Libraries allow children to ask questions about the world and find the answers. And the wonderful thing is that once a child learns to use a library, the doors to learning are always open.” (June, 2002)
How often do you purchase new books and who pays for them?
I typically order books two to three times a year. I solicit teacher requests as well as student and parent requests. I scour reading reviews in School Library Journal and other sources. Almost all of our new book purchases are funded by the Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation (MPAEF), which gives each library generous funds for the purchases. The Laurel PTO also funds some of the new materials. I am forever grateful to both of these outstanding organizations for their continued and generous support.
May I volunteer in the library?
Yes! Volunteers are always needed to shelve books (bring those reading glasses—the numbers are small!), help check books in and out, help repair books, and help keep the shelves in order. The library is a place full of detail work, so if you like doing things that require precision and exactitude, sign up! You also get the bonus of being able to leaf through the great books you’re shelving. If you are interested in volunteering, please let our Library Volunteer Coordinator, Alice Hom, know (firstname.lastname@example.org). We have volunteer trainings scheduled on September 4th and September 10th, and training is required of all new volunteers. Watch the PTO weekly newsletter for dates and times.
Is library time fun?
Oh my, yes! There are so many wonderful children’s books to choose from that one can’t help but love them. My goal is to instill in every child a love of reading, or at least an appreciation for good stories (if they can’t read yet). I ‘m a big fan of humorous stories and I like to create a lighthearted and enthusiastic learning environment for all students. Stop in and say hi when you’re in the library neighborhood!
650-324-0186 ext. 3830
“The love of learning, the sequesterd nooks, and all the sweet serenity of books.”
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow