Libraries in Elementary School

These are your libraries: Both the Early Childhood Center (ECC) Library and the Upper Elementary (UE) Libraries are for students, teachers and parents. ASH parents with children not yet in school are welcome with their little ones. Come visit us before, during, or after school.


List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: Are parents really welcome?

    Absolutely! Parents are an integral part of their children's education and we encourage them to check out books and materials to read with their ASH students and their younger siblings. Both libraries have a variety of books for toddlers to grade four students, plus parenting and professional titles.

    The librarian provides workshops for parents at the beginning and middle of the school year, but if you would like a short tutorial at other times just contact her for an appointment. You may also ask your child for a lesson, as we will be using these resources in integrated research projects. The librarian follows the American Association of School Librarians' Standards for the 21st-Century Learner in creating collaborative units for ASH students.
    Parents are welcome to visit either library at any time, but we do ask if you are bringing a baby or toddler please be respectful of students who may be in the library for class or independent work.
  • Q: What happens if we damage or lose a book?

    Accidents can happen...Please note that a damaged book, even if it were an accident, will result in a charge for replacement costs. This will include shipping and processing of the book. Take good care of your library books and keep them away from rain, juice boxes, animals and other potential book dangers. 

    Lost books will also result in a cost to the student. However, if the lost book is located before a new one is purchased, the student will receive a full refund. 
  • Q: What will my child do in the library?

    Read, research, reflect and have fun! Both libraries are active places, filled with dreams and wonder. Children are able to choose books according to their individual interests. The librarian and the teachers collaborate on research lessons to integrate content with information literacy. In addition to research, students will hear and tell stories, be exposed to a variety of genres and learn early reading techniques through picture books. Both libraries welcome students to visit during recess to read, research, or play board games, chess, or with the puppets.
  • Q: Would you like to volunteer?

    If you would be interested in volunteering in the library, let us know! Activities include shelving, art displays, designing contests, and any other fun activities you can create. Training and a congenial environment are provided.
  • Q: What will you find in our library?

    You will find over 17,000 volumes including fiction, nonfiction, picture books, teaching resources and magazines. To explore the library catalog click on Destiny Quest. ASH community members may apply for usernames and passwords to create their own booklists and to put books on hold in Destiny Quest. The library’s resources extend far beyond our walls with our subscriptions to online databases, Encyclopedia Britannica, BrainPop, Discovery Education and TumbleBooks. These resources may also be used by parents.


ECC Library
Open 08:15 - 16:15 
Closed 12:30 - 13:00 and Wednesdays after school

UE Library
Open 08:00 - 16:00
Closed 12:30 - 13:00 and Wednesdays after school
University preparatory program for ages 3-18. Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges - Commission on International Education (NEASC-CIE), following the personalized ACE Learning pathway of NEASC-CIE.

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