The libraries are staffed by full time professionally trained librarians who are dedicated to serving as teachers, instructional partners, information specialists, and curriculum agents. Each library is located within its division and is a welcoming space where students learn to be effective users of ideas and information and are empowered to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information.
The mission of the MICDS Libraries is to ensure that students and faculty are information fluent citizens, empowered with the knowledge, the skills, and the compassion necessary for success in a rapidly changing world. To fulfill this mission, we:
- Teach students to use, synthesize, evaluate, and communicate information ethically and effectively
- Collaborate with the faculty to promote learning across the curriculum
- Lead in the implementation of curricular standards for research and information literacy
- Provide equitable access to an exciting and diverse collection of information resources and programs reflective of the needs of our community
- Foster a love of reading, lifelong learning, and libraries
The School’s libraries support teaching and learning through abundant resources that include a rich collection of databases, print materials, and digital tools.
Butler-Spencer Library (Grades JK – 4)
The Spencer Library, located in the heart of the Lower School, is a magical place the youngest MICDS students visit each week to develop a love and respect for books, for ideas and for learning. The library is an integral part of the total educational program of the Ronald S. Beasley School and provides an atmosphere, both physical and intellectual, for students that helps them develop their intellectual curiosity. The librarian supports the Lower School curriculum through collection development, by collaborating with the faculty to plan and implement curricular units and teach information literacy skills, and by partnering with parents to encourage a love for reading at home.
The library program provides guidance in the use of library services and resources to personalize teaching and individualize learning. The library program provides a planned, purposeful, educationally significant program which is integrated appropriately with classroom teaching and learning.
Spencer Library Resources include:
- More than 15,000 print items
- More than 500 electronic books
- More than 10,000 circulations per school year
Messing Library is the hub of the Middle School. Students and faculty are drawn to the vast collection of the latest and greatest novels available both in print and on Nook eReaders. The Messing Library plays a key role in the Middle School curriculum. The librarian collaborates and team teaches with the faculty to integrate authentic inquiry-based learning, research, and information literacy within the content areas.
Students learn to draft a research question, turn it into a thesis statement, develop outlines for their projects or essays, find appropriate information from the collection of 10,000 books and 600 eBooks, and learn to use the plethora of databases available on the library website. Students practice academic integrity when extracting information from text, taking notes, paraphrasing, evaluating websites, and developing bibliographies in order to showcase their learning. Messing Library exceeds all Missouri State School Library standards. Messing Library is staffed by a full time teacher-librarian who has Master’s Degrees in both K-8 Education and in Library and Information Studies.
McCulloch Library (Grades 9-12)
The McCulloch Library is central to promoting information literacy, research, and reading at the Upper School. Two full-time librarians work closely with the Upper School faculty to integrate research into the curriculum and to teach students the skills and strategies they need to navigate information ethically and effectively. Our library staff also is dedicated to helping students develop intellectual curiosity and a love of reading. The library is stocked with a rich collection of popular fiction and non-fiction books, and our librarians are always happy to recommend books to students and faculty.
The McCulloch Library building is located centrally on the Upper School campus and is a hub of activity with an average of 1500 visitors per day. McCulloch houses over 20,000 books and provides access to over 30 databases and over 400 e-books. The audiovisual collection includes over 1,000 DVDs, over 300 CDs, six Nooks, six Kindles, and a wide variety of camera and video equipment. In the library, students can receive research or academic assistance from the librarians, gather sources, collaborate on assignments, or find a quiet spot to read or study.