Library

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:
    • Non-Fiction
    • 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.

FSACatalog FSA Catalog Search

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.

Third Grade Links

Fourth Grade Links

Middle School Links

Tips

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