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libraryVilla Maria Academy’s library creates lifelong, independent library users. We encourage students to develop habits of critical literacy and discriminating research, as well as recreational reading.

Our library contains over 9,000 items including, fiction, nonfiction, young adult, Newbery Medal winners, periodicals, video and DVD, and professional collection for teachers and parents.

A weekly library class develops library skills and crafts individual reading for reluctant readers as well as independent readers.

Volunteers and Ideas Welcome

Volunteers are needed to operate our library program, weekly, bi-weekly or for particular events. Suggestions and ideas for our library program are always welcome! For more information contact Mrs. Sarah Connelly, School Librarian

Activities by Grade


  • Review Library behavior and care of books
  • Coordinate with classroom language arts curriculum
  • Read books and complete simple projects
  • Invite parents as visiting readers

Grade 1

  • Share orally read books
  • Find title page of fiction and nonfiction
  • Report on animal, to coordinate with classroom curriculum

Grade 2

  • Review Caldecott Award winners
  • Study illustrators, coordinating with art to explore media used by some
  • Transition from picture books to chapter books

Grade 3

  • Use the computer catalog and call numbers to locate books
  • Study people, cultures, and folktales from around the world, coordinating with third grade social studies

Grade 4

  • Recognize Dewey Decimal numbers on books
  • Know parts of book; Title page, table of contents, index and glossary
  • Read variety of literary genres

Grade 5

  • Read and report on ten Newbery Medal winning books
  • Complete culminating project on a Newbery Medal winning book, creating an attractive poster and giving an oral presentation designed to promote reading of the book.

Grade 6

  • Study people and cultures of Europe, Asia and Africa
  • Study forms of mythology, culminating in dramatizations of several stories

Grade 7

  • Read founding father/mothers and literature set in early America
  • Use the Internet for research on Shakespeare, his life and his works

Grade 8

  • Read works by and report on early twentieth-century American authors
  • Demonstrate research skills by exploring various “Mysteries of History”
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