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Library Media Center

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

Mission

1. To provide resources for students, which enable them to enjoy literature, use information effectively and to be life-long learners and readers in God’s world.

2. To enrich and support the curriculum through casual reading and research materials, enabling faculty to accomplish the school’s mission of providing excellence in education through the lens of a Christian worldview.

Library Catalog

The web-based catalog is available at FCS Library World. Students are able to view, search titles, and check on availability in our library collection from any web browser.

Library Hours

The library is open before school, Monday through Friday mornings at 7:45 A.M. 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. There are also set “open hours” provided throughout the week for students to return and check out books.

Weekly library time is scheduled for TK through 4th grade. 5th - 8th grade students do not have regularly scheduled library times, however, arrangements are made with the teachers to bring their classes to the library to select books as needed.

Scholastic Reading Count

Students in first through eighth grade participate in the Scholastic reading program. This program encourages reading by awarding points. Points are earned after taking online tests based on books that have been read. Each grade level has reading points goals for the year. Points listed are annual goals.

  • 1st grade - 20 points
  • 2nd grade - 60 points
  • 3rd grade - 75 points
  • 4th grade - 105 points
  • 5th - 8th grades - 150 points

Students are assigned reading levels based upon reading assessments done by their teachers and our Reading Specialist, Mrs. Bernal. Students select books to read from a wide variety of books in their assigned reading levels. We use a color code system that corresponds to the assigned reading levels. All books in the library that have Reading Counts! tests are labeled for ease in selecting appropriate books for each student.

Parents and students may check to see if a particular title is in the Scholastic Reading Counts! program by going online, HERE.

There are 5 student computers available in the library for students to use to take their reading tests.

Library Facts

  • We have over 25,000 holdings, including books, periodicals, DVDs, Videos, Bibles and reference materials.
  • Mrs. Douglas has served as our librarian for 25 years.
  • We have an average of 1,250 books checked out each month.
  • Between August 15th - December 23rd, 2017, our students have read 77,220,318 words.
  • 9083 is the number of Scholastic tests taken and passed during the 2016-17 school year.
  • 85% percent of our 2017 graduates were reading at the proficient/or advanced lexile ranges (70% of those in the advanced range).

Library Staff

Mrs. Sandi Douglas is our librarian. She may be reached by phone at 626-914-1849 x1121 during regular school hours, or through e-mail at sdouglas@foothillchristian.org.