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books-42701_960_720The Rydal Library serves to provide a wide range of materials for staff and students including both print and non-print materials. Presently, the library contains nearly 18,000 books and magazines  for student use. The library also allows access to a wide selection of networked encyclopedias and databases available to assist your children with research across the curriculum.   The library is host to over 650 patrons in the 2018-2019 school year, with an average daily circulation of nearly 150 books!

The Library also hosts a cart of 25 Chromebooks for students to access daily during their library periods.  Here are just a few of the databases available for students to use here in the library:

  • World Book Online
  • Culturegrams
  • Noodle Tools
  • Tumblebooks Library
  • Ebsco Novelist
  • Windows Movie Maker
  • Proquest
  • Google Earth
  • Power Kids

The goal of the School Library Media Center at Rydal is to implement, enrich and support the educational programs of the school.   Librarians, Mrs. Christine Campoli and Mrs. Mary Alice Briggs-Dicker, encourage students to read for pleasure, as well as teach information literacy.  Weekly library lessons include:

  • Locating books that match student interest and reading level
  • Evaluating online resources for research
  • Creating works cited using MLA format
  • Taking notes and synthesizing information for research
  • Author Studies
  • Creating presentations using Google Slides
  • Creating spreadsheets Google Sheets
  • Enjoying fiction and non-fiction books

Each  spring,  several teams of 5th and 6th graders from Rydal  compete in the Montgomery County Reading Olympics.  Information about this event is distributed to all interested students during the month of October.