The Derry Township School District libraries are dynamic, safe environments that enhance academic and personal learning opportunities by empowering students to become independent researchers, designers, and creators engaged in real-world applications of their knowledge.
We believe that
- schools with a strong library program and a certified librarian ensure that students have the best chance to succeed in a connected global community.
- effective library programs provide a balance between supporting curriculum and offering innovative and exploratory learning opportunities for students.
- libraries build and strengthen connections with our students, staff and community.
- libraries should be risk-free, comfortable spaces where students are invited to pursue their academic and personal interests through inquiry-based experiences.
- a library has fluid boundaries, both physical and virtual, that provide an environment that addresses diverse needs and ensures equitable access.
- librarians lead beyond the library to help colleagues implement standards and new ideas.
- teachers who partner with librarians create co-teaching experiences that help develop and reinforce essential literacy skills.
- students who are given equitable access to books develop reading fluency and higher literacy levels that help them transform into competent, confident and motivated readers.
- technology-rich libraries optimize and equalize the chance for student learning.
- students need the skills, dispositions, responsibilities and strategies to find problems, to determine information needs and to locate, access, evaluate, utilize and present information effectively in our information-rich society.
- being an ethical user and producer of ideas and information is essential.
- in addition to enhancing literacy and instilling a passion for literature, libraries are critical to the sustainability and digital transformation of learning.