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Welcome to FWCD Libraries: Knowledge at Your Fingertips

The library program at FWCD, the information center of the school, serves as an essential link between the students and faculty and their information and reading needs.

FWCD maintains two separate library facilities. The Lower School Library serves grades K-4, and the Moncrief Library serves grades 5-12. Staffing includes three professional librarians and one full time assistant. Parent volunteers are welcomed.

Library Goals

• To promote reading as a lifelong interest among students;
• To provide for the information and research needs of our students;
• To support teachers by providing curricular materials;
• To prepare students for the electronic environment in the 21st century;
• To produce information literate citizens who know how to access and evaluate information.

Electronic Resources
An increasing number of our library materials come in digital format. These include:

• Electronic books and encyclopedias including downloadable ebook middle grade fiction on FollettShelf
• Newsbank Historical Newspaper Collection
• Databases of thousands of scholarly journal articles including Gale, EbscoHost and JSTOR
• Streaming videos from Discovery Education

Tools for finding resources include the Destiny online catalog, the netTrekker search engine that gives younger students access only to reviewed sites, and several electronic resource centers that organize information. Pebble Go Databases provide research material for primary students.

The library subscribes to tools which help meet our students’ literacy and research needs. These include NoodleTools, an online citation maker which guides students in the process of creating Works Cited lists, and Renaissance Learning’s Accelerated Reader and STAR, which assess reading skills.

A complete list of library resources is available at http://library.fwcd.org.
 
Library Technology
To support the electronic environment, the Moncrief Library houses three computer labs and one mobile lab used by students inside and outside of class. In addition, there are general use computers, printers and scanners available for general use by all members of the FWCD community.
Summer Reading
A summer reading assignment is part of the educational program for all students at Fort Worth Country Day. Faculty who serve on the summer reading committees have attempted to choose books that will create pleasurable reading experiences and build enthusiasm for reading. We have selected books that have literary merit but have avoided titles that must be studied in class to be understood. We hope many parents will take the opportunity to read and discuss the books with their children over the summer. For more information about our summer reading program, see http://fwcdreads.wikispaces.com.

Visiting Authors

Lower and Middle school students have the opportunity to meet and interact with well- known authors and illustrators on campus each year.

Annual Book Fair
Grades K-8 participate in the annual Scholastic Book Fair in the Moncrief Library.

Moncrief Library Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday          7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Visiting Authors
Lower and Middle School students have the opportunity to hear a well-known author or illustrator each year. Visiting authors for 2013-2014 will be Andrea Davis Pinkney, Susan Crummel, Donna Rubin, Tav Holmes and Alexandra Teague.
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Meet the Librarians
Tammy Wolford
Lower School Librarian
(817) 732-7718 ext. 3625
Year Appointed: 2011

Debby Jennings
Head Librarian/Department Chair
(817) 732-7718 ext 3313
Year Appointed: 1975

Teresa Crafton
Technology Librarian
(817) 732-7718 Ext 3339
Year Appointed: 2007

Carol Wamsley
Library Assistant
(817) 732-7718 ext 3339
Year Appointed: 1996