The Lower School Library is centrally located on Buckley's Lower School campus and serves as a warm and friendly hub for K–5 students throughout the school day. The library collection comprises more than 15,000 books, including an extensive selection of literature, nonfiction, parenting resources, and research materials designed to enrich the Lower School curriculum. Students and parents are always welcome to browse and check out books and other materials from the library.
K–5 students enjoy library class in half groups once a week in our cozy story-telling room. Beginning in kindergarten, students focus on library skills, terminology, and how to select and care for books. While the younger students let their imaginations take flight with story time each week, students in grades three through five are introduced to the Big-6 program
, which teaches students how to use information and problem-solving methods and techniques that are needed for research projects.The Buckley Readers Club
is a very popular, noncompetitive program designed to increase students' awareness and enjoyment of quality literature while setting personal reading goals. This library program, which began in 1993, recognizes numerous students each school year who meet or surpass their reading goals and has now become a staple in the Lower School.
The California Young Reader Medal program
is thoroughly enjoyed by K–5 Buckley students each year. At story-time, students are introduced to the statewide nominated books and are motivated to read the other collected books at home. They further participate in related learning activities in class and then vote for their favorite books. Lastly, the votes are tallied with other California participants to determine the annual award-winning books.
Library volunteers are always welcome at Buckley and, in addition to the librarian and assistant librarian, one can find numerous parents, grandparents, and caregivers helping out each day in the Lower School library. Our wonderful volunteers help students check out books; shelve, catalogue and cover books; and decorate the library for various events and holidays.