Welcome to the Carolyn L. McPhillips Library!
All Grade KG3 – Grade 5 students receive an orientation at the beginning of the academic year which covers library rules, book care and how to choose books. Students are taught and encouraged to select books independently but may ask for help in choosing books based on their reading level and interests. All Easy books and Elementary fiction selections are labeled by reading level and genre (when appropriate) to aid students in identifying books that suit their needs and match their interests.
Our Destiny library software allows library staff to easily maintain the collection and provides the entire ASM community with an electronic card catalog that is accessible from school and home – Follett Destiny. Library cards are issued to all ASM students and are kept by Elementary teachers between library visits. Students in the Upper School are responsible for their own library cards and should present a library card to check out library materials and textbooks.
Students in Grades KG3 – Grade 3 participate in a weekly librarian-led story time or lesson, followed by book check out. In addition to a large selection of books in English, students in Grade 3 and up may also choose books from our small Arabic and French collections. Students in Grades 4-8 also participate in weekly scheduled library visits that are used for book checkout, research, quiet reading and other teacher assigned work.
Elementary books may be checked out for one week at a time and may usually be renewed if there is no waiting list for a particular title. Books in our Young Adult and High School sections usually have a three-week checkout period and may be renewed barring current holds on a title by other patrons. High school students are encouraged to use the library for independent study and research and to choose books for their own reading pleasure. All Upper School students (Grades 6-12) are expected to be independently responsible for returning library materials on time in order to avoid library fines.
All Elementary and Middle School students are allowed to exchange books outside of scheduled library visits, either before or after school or with teacher permission during the school day. This allows all students the possibility of taking books several times a week.
Students are expected to treat library materials and each other with respect and to maintain a level of decorum suitable to the library. Younger students, in particular, are reminded to use library voices, to engage in quiet reading once they have checked out their books, and to avoid running and sliding and fighting over books. Students are encouraged to use bookmarks and to bring needed repairs to the attention of library staff members who have proper book repair materials available should they be needed.
We are pleased to accept donations of good-quality story books or works of non-fiction (on any topic), written in English, French or Arabic, that enhance our collection and are appropriate for ASM students of any age. We are also interested in donations of annual magazine subscriptions. Depending on library needs, some donations may be forwarded to classrooms (where they can be used to enhance individual class libraries) or given to programs we support, such as Education for All.
We welcome visits by parents and are happy to provide an orientation of our facility and resources. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, wish to schedule an appointment, or wish to set up a username and password to access our Destiny Library system from home.
We look forward to working with your children during the school year and collaborating to enhance the library experience of all students and members of the ASM school community!