The positive impact of an excellent library program is widely recognized. To that end, Oakstone Academy is dedicated to providing their students with access to library materials that will enhance learning and promote literacy.
The Oakstone Academy elementary library contains about 5,000 books, including picture books, chapter books, and non-fiction materials. Library materials are listed in an on-line catalog and checked out via an automated system. Classrooms have a library time each week.
Through a generous grant from the Ingram-White Castle Foundation, furnishings and a few books for the Middle/High school library were purchased in 2008. The bulk of our almost 5,000 item collection was purchased via a grant from the Columbus Foundation in 2009. We are also appreciative of many private donors and the School Book Exchange for their generous donations. At our Middle/High school, the fiction section of the library is separated from the non-fictions section by a wall of glass, which allows students the ability to enjoy a fiction section in an atmosphere not unlike one you would find at popular malls and shopping centers. This section offers current magazines, games, and puzzles in addition to the fiction collection. A quiet area for non-fiction selection offers an atmosphere conducive to research and study. Computers and iPads are also available for student use in the Middle/High School Library.
Our Vocational Program's library is set up to feel like a break room with lots of magazines, newspapers and graphic novels to entice reluctant readers. Helping students make the transition to reading as an adult pass time. While most of these resources are used by students in the library/break room, they are available for check out for students who find a good book and wish to take it home. In 2011, through a LSTA grant, we were able to show that this population of students experienced a much higher level of comprehension when iPads with interactive e-books were used instead of traditional text books. The success of this project was published in Teacher Librarian in an effort to help other libraries serve this population and has led to the purchase of additional iPads for classroom use in this program.
All three Oakstone Academy Library catalogs are on-line to make check out easier for students and staff. In addition to the resources available through the Oakstone Academy library, students and staff at the Oakstone Academy Middle/High School building and Vocational building participate in the Westerville Public Library Link program. This program allows students and staff to receive reserved materials from Westerville Public Library via their daily delivery service to the school. Oakstone Academy is one of 26 schools to receive this special daily delivery service that allows students and staff to access any materials available via the Westerville Public Library including any of their library loan programs.
For more information on our library services, please contact our librarian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to access our On-line Elementary School Library Catalog.
Click here to access our On-line Middle/High School Library Catalog.
Click here to access our On-line Vocational School Library Catalog.