The Library is the Heart of the School.
Henry Hudson School No. 28 has a 21st Century library which is open 8:00 am - 3:30 pm Monday thru Friday except for school closings. The main purpose is to provide a common space that encourages reading, collaboration, research, thinking, and creativity between students, teachers, and the community. Ultimately, students will use the library to instill lifelong skills, inspire new knowledge and meaning from the world around them.
Weekly forty-minute K-6 library classes include an information literacy lesson, book exchange, Project-based Learning and are taught by a professional certified full-time librarian. Students only attend for half a year in a fixed schedule program. Usually, half a class attends unless scheduled with another teacher. Efforts are made to provide bilingual students with translations of work. Research shows ”Strong school libraries build strong students (2013)”
This center of active learning houses a combination of two class size areas with Smartboards, small group tables, and a modular seating reading area. Smartboards are used for webinars and lessons. The Visualizer projects picture books for read-aloud stories and project presentations on the Smartboard. Eight student desktop computers are shared by half classes for research on databases such as BrainPOP, World Book Encyclopedia, Rosen ebooks, Encyclopedia Britannica, Kids Infobits, Opposing Viewpoints in Context, newspapers, and magazines. Many more links can be found on the Library Home page. Database passwords can be supplied on request. The Catalog page has links to Destiny Discover, 400 Follett ebooks, WebPath Express, and personal student accounts at Destiny Quest. One iPad won by 7th and 8th-grade readers and donated to the library is used for recording reports and reading ebooks. Our library houses a toy collection for hands-on experiences, especially for our Autistic Spectrum Disorder students. Our Makerspace collection includes two Little Bits kits for problem-solving and creating, green screen with iPad stand for shooting movies. Our library print collection has 15,000 items in books, CDs, DVDs, statuary, kits, over 100 big books, board books, professional section, and Spanish & bilingual collection.
"When I say to a parent, "read to a child", I don't want it to sound like medicine. I want it to sound like chocolate. " — Mem Fox