The Friends Free Library supports the GFS curriculum and families throughout the school year.
Early Childhood Program
The children’s collection of Friends Free Library supports and enhances the Early Childhood curriculum by providing engaging and attractive fiction and nonfiction titles on a wide variety of topics.
Children in the Early Childhood Program visit the library once a week for story time, songs, finger plays, puppets and flannel board stories. This early introduction to libraries and literature helps to lay the foundation for creating a generation of lifelong readers.
Lower School Program
The children’s collection of Friends Free Library consists of fiction and nonfiction titles that support and enhance the Lower School curriculum and stimulate interest on a wide variety of topics. We hope to instill in our students a love of books and to create a generation of lifelong readers.
Middle School and Upper School Program
The Main Reading Room collection of Friends Free Library consists of both fiction and nonfiction titles that support and enhance the curricula of Middle and Upper School students. Additionally, the collection includes bestselling works that appeal to those in sixth grade through adulthood.
The Friends Free Library supports our Middle and Upper School students primarily as seekers and evaluators of information. Students come to the Library both independently and as part of their coursework to perform research on a variety of topics using both print and online resources. Students are given instruction in how to access databases, construct searches and evaluate resources in order to best meet their information needs.
Additionally, Friends Free Library serves as a quiet study and reading space and students may check out both classic and best-selling fiction and nonfiction titles in the collection that support their recreational reading and promote lifelong readership.
The library’s catalog is always available (online), along with other information about the library’s policies and programs. Links to our online research databases, course LibGuides and eBooks may be found on the catalog’s opening page.
Friends Free Library is open to the entire school community and families are encouraged to visit the library and check out books and other resources. Adult family members may establish their own library accounts and borrow materials; simply ask at the circulation desk for additional information.