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The Rio Grande School Library is an active, welcoming place where tradition meets technology. The goal of the library program is to help students along their journey of lifelong learning by teaching and assisting them in their access to and evaluation of information and literature in all forms--books, including audio and ebooks, magazines, software, educational apps, online databases, and websites--both for academic study and leisure.

Students from Pequenos through Sixth Grade have a weekly library class, during which they experience stories through read-alouds, book talks, book trailers AND learn the skills of accessing information, followed by an opportunity to choose materials to take home. Students explore the center to find resources that match their individual interests and academic needs. To support this, they are exposed to various forms and genres of literature. In addition to their scheduled library class, students work with the librarian in whole class or small groups. They are encouraged to visit the library at any time and parents are encouraged to use the library to check out resources for their children.

Overriding goals for each grade:

Learners use skills, resources, and tools to:

  • inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge
  • draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge
  • share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society
  • pursue personal and aesthetic growth

The library collection is dynamic and current with a multicultural and global scope, utilizing the best practices of collection development. It has been built to incorporate classroom themes, student-suggested resources, and in general to reflect the RGS and greater Santa Fe community.   

The librarian and the technology educator collaborate closely with classroom educators and other specialists to plan, enrich, and extend RGS curricula, especially throughout the research process and for classroom themes and projects. Technology is regularly integrated into the library program. Apple TV is mirrored to a large screen as a teaching tool for library and research skills lessons, for instance. It is also used to project online stories and book trailers, author websites, etc. Students in upper grades who enjoy doing so often bring an ereader device (school-issued iPad or other approved personal ereader) for silent reading. Additionally, library classes are scheduled in order to maximize use of the computer lab for student use of the library online catalog, LibraryWorld, for use of digitized picture books, viewing book trailers, and for other purposes related to literacy and research.  When research projects are planned collaboratively with classroom educators and other co-curricular educators, often websites are predetermined and bookmarked for student use.

Assessment is done informally by observation and anecdotal records on an ongoing basis. Students are involved in activities such as scavenger hunts, which are evaluated for knowledge of resource location to support their independence in finding materials in the collection. Skills lessons are built into the research process and usually relate to a classroom thematic focus. Productivity and adherence to the RGS research process are evaluated. The librarian is in close contact with the classroom educators and the learning support coordinator to address individual student needs, learning styles, and learning differences. Preferential seating and other accommodations and modifications are provided for students with learning differences. Individual learning styles are considered when planning lessons.