Foothill Christian School features a spacious, bright, inviting library with over 27,000 volumes available for student and staff use. The Library and Media Center is a dynamic resource center offering a broad range of materials; reference, fiction, and nonfiction. We are also committed to provide materials which support Christian standards and are morally acceptable and God-honoring. Studies show that school libraries can contribute to improved student achievement by providing instructional materials aligned to the curriculum. When students are able to explore information that is meaningful to them, they not only learn faster but their literacy skills grow rapidly; they are, in essence learning how to learn. Our librarian collaborates with the teachers to provide resources and learning opportunities for our students to achieve excellence in every area of their school experience. Our goal for the past year has been to build the non-fiction/informational text area of our library in alignment with our STEM focus.
The library is open before school, Monday through Friday mornings at 7:45 AM. It is also open for book check-out immediately after school on Monday, Thursday and Friday until 3:30 PM., and on Wednesday until 2:30 PM. Please note that the library is not open after school on Tuesday.
Our card catalog system is fully computerized. Students may go on-line from any computer, even from home, and access our card catalog to search for titles and check on their availability. To access the FCS Card Catalog, click on this link: FCS Library World.
The FCS Library and Media Center serves our entire student body; kindergarten through middle school. Weekly library time is scheduled for kindergarten through 3rd grade. K-1 students check out books every other week and enjoy story time on the non-checkout weeks. 2nd through 3rd graders check out books weekly and are allowed a per student maximum of three books out at a time. 4th graders have bi-weekly library visits. Although 5th - 8th grade students do not have regularly scheduled library times, arrangements are made with the teachers to bring their classes to the library to select books as needed.
LIBRARY FACTS (2014-15 School Year)
- 9412 books were checked out from our library
- 6079 Scholastic quizzes were taken and passed
- Over 180 million words were read
- 90% of our graduating 8th graders were reading within Proficient or Advanced lexile ranges
- Our library currently has 27,285 volumes available for check-out
FCS uses the Scholastic Reading Counts reading program. Students in 1st - 8th grades are assessed to determine each individual’s reading lexile. From there, students select from a wide variety of books in their assigned reading levels, and after reading the books, take computerized quizzes in their classrooms. For ease in selecting books, all books in the reading program display color-coded labels which correspond to the different lexile reading levels. Students can easily see the selection of books in their assigned levels by looking for their “color” on the book spines. Students and parents may check to see if a particular title is in the Scholastic Reading Counts program by going online to this link. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reading