Welcome to the Pleasant Valley High School Library!
 
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The mission of the school library program is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information. The school librarian empowers students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers and ethical users of information.
(Empowering Learners, 2009, p. 8)
 
The library is open each school day, Monday through Thursday from 7:10 AM until 3:30 PM and on Friday until 2:30 PM.
 
We hope this web site will provide access to quality information resources to support our curriculum for the entire school community. Library pathfinders provide step-by-step assistance for all major research projects including the graduation project and summer reading requirement.
 
The library affords students, teachers, and staff, access to a rich collection of reading and reference materials through traditional books, eBooks, audio-visual materials, and electronic resources. In addition to the high school's local collection, students can search the catalogs of over 3,000 libraries on the ACCESS PENNSYLVANIA database and request library materials through interlibrary loan at no charge.
 
In addition, a variety of online subscription services provide current, authoritative, and comprehensive coverage via the Internet. The high school subscription services are selected to support all areas of the curriculum. Students may printout, download to disk, or email full-text articles to a personal account. Passwords are available for remote access.
 
The State POWER Library project provides Internet access to thousands of full-text periodical articles, plus photographs, pictures, charts, maps, reference materials and eBooks. Home access to the POWER Library resources is available to all valid public library cardholders through Western Pocono Community Library.
 
Library Philosophy
The program is built upon the belief that the library should be an active learning space, serving as a high-profile academic and cultural center of the school. The inviting, student-centered environment fosters a love of reading and libraries. The facility provides equitable access to diverse materials and current technology for research and personal enrichment; its instructional program encourages self-exploration and independence. Through integrated, standards-aligned, inquiry-based instruction, the library fosters critical thinking, problem solving, and multiple literacies. It also provides students opportunities for creating, publishing, and sharing new knowledge, while guiding them in the ethical use of information. These experiences prepare students for college and careers, as well as life-long learning. Ultimately, the library plays a central role in the educational program of the school, providing leadership, collaboration, access, and advocacy of the school library program.
 
Library Staff
Deborah P. Lowenburg, Librarian/Library Media Department Head
 Sandra Reilly, Librarian
Mary Vogt Anderson, Library Technical Assistant
Last Modified on August 25, 2016
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