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Sunday, November 5th - Friday, November 10th


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A few reminders...

  • Please remember to bring a folder to library.
  • Remember to bring your library book back each week.
  • 7th Grade your Saint report is due Monday, October 9th
  • Book Fair is coming November 5th - 10th more information to come.

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Library class meets once each week as a required part of the English Language Arts program. During the library period we not only discuss library organization and the Dewey Decimal System, but the students also research and learn methods of citing sources of information. We learn about the history of the English language, genres of books, and authors. Most importantly, our goal is for the students to develop a love of reading.

Every child at St. Joseph the Protector School has the opportunity to borrow a book each week from the library. To access our holdings, teachers' resource lists, the most popular books, and new additions to the catalog, please click on the Destiny-Library link. Any computer or device with internet access can search our catalog remotely.

In 2006, the Library Media Services Committee published the following mission statement which can be found hereon the Archdiocesan website:

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Library Media Services

Mission Statement

The mission of the Catholic elementary school library program is to support and

extend all curriculum areas. In collaboration with faculty we strive to prepare

students to become effective users of information and literate life long learners.

The library curriculum serves as a framework for teaching research strategies;

developing skills to analyze, evaluate, interpret, and communicate information

and ideas; fostering an appreciation for literature, promoting reading for

pleasure, and encouraging independent learning experiences. This framework

acknowledges the gospel message and nurtures our Catholic heritage.

REMINDER: Some families like to donate books to the library in memory of a loved one, for a student's birthday, or in honor of a graduate. If you would like to donate a book, please contact Mrs. Burkholder at eburkholder@stjpschool.info. We can help you select a book, and we will include a bookplate in the book in honor of your special family member.

"I ask you, are you Christians because of a label, or in truth? And for each one the answer is within. Not Christians, never Christians because of a label! Christians in truth, in the heart. To be Christian is to live and witness to the faith in prayer, in works of charity, in promoting justice, in doing good. For the narrow gate which is Christ must pass into our whole life."        Pope Francis




"When a book leaves your hands, it belongs to God. He may use it to save a few souls or to try a few others, but I think that for the writer to worry is to take over God's business." 


Flannery O'Connor





"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing."


Benjamin Franklin




"A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people."


Frederick Douglass




"If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry."


Emily Dickinson




"A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom."


Robert Frost




"Words to me were magic. You could say a word and it could conjure up all kinds of images or feelings or a chilly sensation or whatever. It was amazing to me that words had this power."


Amy Tan



"The most important training, though, is to experience life as a writer, questioning everything, inventing multiple explanations for everything. If you do that, all the other things will come; if you don't, there's no hope for you."


Orson Scott Card



"There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them."


Ray Bradbury



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