Welcome to The Friends School of Atlanta Library
The FSA Library is composed of the following areas, all arranged for use by students of varying ages and experience levels:
- Storytime Area, which also serves as the teaching area. Stories will be connected to various events throughout the year, such as holidays, special months, celebrations of authors and illustrators, or units being taught in the classrooms.
- Stacks, which include the following sections:
- Picture Books and Easy Readers
- Young Adult
- Reference, kept separate from the rest of the non-fiction section
- Special Collections, including pop-ups and mechanical books, Quaker education, signed and rare books, and parenting guides
- Periodical Reading Area
- Circulation and Computer Stations
- Reference and Study Tables, to be used for independent work and group projects
Each class will visit the library once a week and receive guided instruction, read aloud time, and free reading and browsing time. All students, beginning with Pre-K, will learn library etiquette, caring for books, alerting the librarian to problems with materials, checking out materials, keeping materials safe while they are checked out, and returning them by their due dates.
Guided instruction will include the following concepts, as appropriate to grade level:
- Caring for library materials
- Alphabetizing and finding fiction books on the shelves
- Choosing an appropriate library book
- Making inferences about books
- Searching for books by title, author, and subject
- Newbery, Caldecott, and Coretta Scott King winners and honorees
- Parts of a Book
- Dewey Decimal System and call numbers
- Searching for books by Dewey Classification
All activities in the library are designed to support student literacy, and develop interested, engaged readers.
Search our collection of more than 3500 items.
To use World Book Online from home, students will need login and password information. See the librarian or contact us.
Media Lab Resources
The FSA Media Center affirms the mission of FSA and the value of broad access to information for our students. We aim to provide a wide and diverse range of learning and reading resources of varied levels and points of view, encouraging students to be skeptical information consumers practiced in making informed judgements. Selection of a work does not constitute agreement with the content. Currently, the library specifically targets the student population and teachers relying on the main library for their curriculum needs.
Websites to support your child's learning experience. These sites include free content. Some sites require login information.
Great Websites for Kids.This amazing site is a treasure of information. The Association for Library Service to Children has created a database of fun, informational, and interactive sites that cross the curriculum. From poetry to engineering, this site contains links to every interest and enthusiasm.
Scholastic News Kids Press Corps includes current events stories written and produced by students. Covers a wide variety of topics that show up in the media with a writing style that helps engage younger readers.
Meet Me at the Corner is a great alternative to You Tube, providing kid-friendly, educational videos on a variety of subjects. Also included is a section of video book reviews, and advice and techniques for making original videos.
DIY is a great site to remember around Science Fair time! Kids can watch how-to videos on everything from making a cardboard Millenium Falcon, to a Frozen Elsa Salad. One family note: some projects require tools that could cause harm if used incorrectly. Kids will need supervision for certain experiments.
National Geographic Education provides videos, stories, games, and homework help, all designed to help kids learn to be global community members.
Just for Kids is a site primarily focused on science and health concepts. It is project of the University of Illinois, and includes links to external websites, mostly run by educational or government groups.
KidsReads includes reviews, upcoming releases, suggestions for your next read, and lots of other info for bibliophiles. Links to Amazon are provided for most titles, so remember to first check your library for a copy before you buy!
Online Reference Shelf
BibMe. An online tool that helps students create a bibliography
BAM! Body and Mind. Foods, fitness, diseases and more from the CDC
CIA Fact Book. Brief facts about world countries, including flags and maps
Fact Monster. An online almanac, dictionary, encyclopedia and thesaurus. Reliable information from Pearson Education resources (Information Please), but annoying ads
Kids.gov. Links to many government and nonprofit sites, organized by grade level
Smithsoian Education Students. Resources for history, science and world cultures
Word Central. Online dictionary and interactive word games from Merriam-Webster
The Internet is a wonderful resource: a place to find information, keep up with friends, and network. It also poses dangers for the unwary. We urge you to discuss Internet safety with your student. If your student has been a victim of an Internet crime, he (or she) is not alone, and needs help. It is important to speak with a trusted adult about the incident.
Please stress to your student to be vigilant, and wary of contacts from unknown people.
Good safety resources include:
- Facebook's Family Safety Center is a good resource for safety on social networking sites.
- Wired Safety's Youth Page. Wired Safety is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that was established in 1995. It provides one-on-one help, information and education through the website and through volunteers. It serves as the umbrella for Teen Angels. It partnered with Marvel Entertainment to produce the first Internet safety comic, Internet Super Heroes Meet the Internet Villains. The organization also provides resources to help educate law enforcement officers on Internet safety issues. It is headed by Parry Aftab, security expert and lawyer who authored the books, The Parents Guide to the Internet and Internet Safety 1-2-3, and the Stop Cyberbullying! guide.
- NetSmartz. NetSmartz is the educational program of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. It provides age-appropriate information and resources to help keep kids safe both online and offline. The program is designed for kids aged 5–17, parents, educators and law enforcement officers. Its resources include videos, games, etc. to engage interest while they teach.
Public Library Cards
All students should get a library card from their local county library. A public library account entitles students to access many high-quality online subscription resources and databases. For more information about obtaining a library card and required login information, contact the library system for the county in which you live.
Choosing a Book—for Kids
Five Finger Method. Select a book you think you would like to read. Open it up in the middle and start reading. Each time you come to a word you don’t know, hold a finger up. If you have all five fingers up before you get to the end of the page the book is probably too difficult. If you have no fingers raised when you finish the page the book may be too easy for you.
Goldilocks Method. If your answer is yes to all three questions below, the book is probably too easy.
- Have you read it lots of times before?
- Do you know the story and vocabulary very well?
- Can you read the text smoothly, almost from memory?
If your answer is yes to all three questions below, the book is probably too hard.
- Are there more than five words on a page you don’t know?
- Are you confused about what is happening in the book most of the time?
- Does it sound choppy when you read out loud?
If your answer is yes to all three questions below, the book is probably just right.
- Is the book new to you?
- Do you understand most of the book?
- Are there just a few words on each page you don’t know?
Choosing a Book—for Parents
- Visit your public library and read to your child often.
- Allow your child’s interests and preferences to guide book selection.
- Try something new once and a while.
- Ask your friends and teachers for book recommendations.
- Use book lists generated by various literacy organizations such as the American Library Association, International Reading Association, or Capitol Choices.