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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 20,000 such items for 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 2016-2017 school year, with an average daily circulation of nearly 150 books!

The Library houses 12 desktop computers for student use, and two laptop carts that are shared among grades 2 and 3.  We have one black and white printer and one laser color printer, and one scanner/copier.  Students and teacher are free to use these throughout the day.   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

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 Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Creating spreadsheets using Excel
  • Enjoying fiction and non-fiction books

Each  spring,  3 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 November.