Library/Media Services Department Goal

Information is available in many different formats for learning and enjoyment.  We must adapt to be able to use information ethically, effectively, and efficiently.
  • Standard 1:  Using Inquiry to build understanding and create new knowledge:  An independent learner asks authentic questions and accesses, evaluates, and uses information effectively to develop new understandings.
  • Standard 2:  Pursuing Personal and Aesthetic Growth:  An independent learner responds to and creates literary and artistic expressions, uses effective strategies for personal exploration of ideas, and reads on his or her own by choice.
  • Standard 3:  Demonstrating Social Responsibility:  An independent learner contributes to the learning community by seeking multiple perspectives, sharing his or her understanding with others, and using information and resources ethically.
(Adopted from the NYC School Library System)

Program Description

 Elementary

Our elementary program focuses on the following key concepts for each grade level:

Kindergarten students are introduced to the library.  They learn about book selection and care as well as listen to, discuss, and do activities related to the selected read-alouds. 

In first grade, students begin to understand the differences between fiction and nonfiction materials and preview the library catalog. As the organization in the library is alphabetical, particular attention is paid to alphabet skills. We discuss the roles of the author and illustrator, specifically focusing on the Caldecott Award. Every class supports language acquisition through reading aloud.

In second grade, students continue their introduction to the library. They review fiction and nonfiction materials and are introduced to the library catalog. This grade begins learning how to use the reference collection. Every class supports language acquisition through reading aloud.

Third grade students continue practicing using the library catalog to locate books.  They learn about the Dewey Decimal System and how it is used to organize the nonfiction books.  They review the parts of a nonfiction book and are able to use print resources to research a specific subject. Additionally, they study the genres, structures, and components of fiction and are able to differentiate between that and nonfiction.

Students in fourth grade delve into the types of literary genre in order to understand the variety of fiction titles in the library. They know their way around the library.  They are able to independently locate library materials. They continue to learn about internet safety.  These students also practice using informational text for library research. 


   Middle School

The Quinn Middle School Learning Commons is a state-of-the –art facility that serves grades 5, 6 and 7.  

With expansive views and abundant natural light, the library can host up to 60 patrons and has plenty of wide tables and seating to accommodate an entire class or host a lecture. Visiting classes can drop in for tutorials on wide-ranging topics from library use and research methods to how to access e-books. 

The Wi-Fi, Apple TV, document camera, high-tech interactive white board and LCD projector make the library especially inviting to teachers who wish to conduct their classes closer to the wealth of information from our 13,000 volume multimedia collection.  

The library also offers access to databases, computers, laptops, printers, Xerox copying, a color poster printer, interactive tabletop, and, of course, comfy chairs and quiet workspaces.
   High School

The mission of the Hudson High School Library/Learning Commons is to provide a comprehensive school library program where students and staff effectively use, create, and share ideas and information. This mission is accomplished by:

  • Providing continuous intellectual and physical access to relevant, up-to-date materials in all formats;
  • Providing an environment that enables access to communication information technology, and encourages reading, learning and creating;
  • Engaging the entire school community, collaboratively, in learning strategies and activities that prepare students for the 21st century success.