The Sinclair Library offers an engaging, innovative and exciting environment for Lower School students that fosters a love of reading. Students are encouraged to explore and to think independently and critically about information and literature. Library materials of various formats are selected to support and enrich the curriculum at every grade level.
To promote reading, regular classes provide the opportunity for all students to check out books of interest on a weekly basis. Students learn how to fully utilize the resources in the library so that they may become effective users of information and independent library users. The librarians work closely with classroom teachers to create research opportunities based on classroom assignments using both print and online database resources.
Librarians seek to promote intellectual curiosity and a passion for learning by using library resources to generate and answer questions. Creative activities are utilized to engage students in the research process. Book talks and discussions are a central element in the library’s curriculum. Literacy skills, reading comprehension, and writing skills are incorporated in library storytimes to compliment the Lower School’s Language Arts curriculum. Author visits are arranged to help students learn and understand the writing process.
Saints Author Series
Think of some of the books and authors you loved as a child. Maybe it was E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web, a novel by Judy Blume, or perhaps you preferred S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. Now imagine you had the opportunity to meet and hear from one of these authors at school. This is what our Lower School students are getting to experience as part of the Saints Author Series.
Recently, second grade students have traveled to Politics and Prose bookstore in Shirlington to hear from Annie Barrows, author of the popular children’s series Ivy & Bean, while the fourth grade met author Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler). In addition, the Lower School Sinclair Library welcomed three-time Newbery Honor recipient Jennifer Holm and her brother, author and illustrator Matthew Holm. Together they write and illustrate two very popular graphic novel series, Babymouse and Squish. During the visit, students heard directly from the authors about their creative process and were able to ask questions. Students also Skype chat with authors from all around the country and beyond.
St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School is an independent, college-preparatory, coed, day, Episcopal Church School that educates students in junior kindergarten through grade 12. The school consists of three, age-appropriate campuses (Lower, Middle, and Upper School) in Alexandria, Virginia. SSSAS welcomes families of all faiths. We offer challenging academics, a state-of-the-art performing arts center, and championship athletics. SSSAS is regarded as one of the top private schools in the Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. area.
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