The Pingry School Libraries
We live in an information rich age where technology and the Internet have radically altered the mission of the modern day library. Library collections address the curricular needs and broader interests of Pingry students, developing in them the critical skills necessary for success at Pingry and beyond. Whether we are dealing with traditional print publications, Internet research tools and resources, social media, or audio-visual media, the library is a critical player in bringing to Pingry students understandings of the roles all information resources play in their learning experiences. The Pingry libraries support an information rich experience for Pingry students who use these resources to create new learning and meaning.
The Charles Bertram Newton Library supports the mission of The Pingry School by providing library and information services to our diverse community of students and faculty. The library is a student centered learning environment that promotes inquiry and understanding of the world, its peoples, its cultures, its possibilities. The library is the place where essential questions and enduring understandings of human knowledge are explored, questioned, and discussed.
At the Upper School, information literacy skills-the ability to locate, evaluate and use information critically-are integrated across the curriculum and are taught in collaboration with research assignments in the various disciplines. In the Middle School, a dedicated information literacy course in the sixth grade introduces students to essential research skills. In Middle and Upper Schools, teachers and librarians work together to develop meaningful library research experiences for the students through classroom visits, research presentations, bibliographic instruction and independent student follow-up.
The Charles Bertram Newton Library collections consist of approximately 34,000 circulating and reference volumes, 5,000 reference e-books, digitial and print periodical resources, over 9000 streaming video resources, approximately 1100 DVD video recordings, music recordings, digital reference resources available 24/7/365, and the Pingry School Archives. The library catalog is organized using the Library of Congress Classification system and is available through the library web-page. The library web page is the portal to the many subscription databases provided to the Pingry community, with usernames/passwords providing remote access availability. See a staff member for this information.
The Lower School Library provides a safe, nurturing environment where students seek information and ideas for educational, informational, and recreational needs. The library promotes an appreciation of reading enabling students to interpret various forms of literature as they grow as lifelong learners and consumers of information and ideas. Information literacy skills, critical tools for every learner, form a foundation for the exploration the world of ideas. The lower school library program contributes in an essential way to the development of the knowledge and skills so important to academic success. The school library program enriches the educational process to help students reach their full potential.
Fun Fact: Who Was C. B. Newton?
Our namesake, Charles Bertram Newton, served as headmaster of The Pingry School from 1920 to 1936. A pioneer of country day school education, we are indebted to Mr. Newton for carrying forward the ideals of Dr. Pingry and bringing to our school the values of scholarship and character that hallmark a Pingry education.
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