We live in an information rich age where computer technology and the Internet have radically altered the mission of the modern day library. This is particularly relevant to schools, where we wish to develop excellent habits of the mind, including a life-long love of reading and inquiry. The library is the cornerstone of such inquiry. Whether we are dealing with traditional print publications, Internet research, blogs or wikis, the library is a critical player in this aspect of the student's Pingry experience. Library acquisitions not only address curricular needs but also address broader interests of the school community. Music, film, and technology all come together with traditional library resources to provide 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. At the Upper School level, 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, the library media specialist teaches a dedicated information literacy course in the sixth grade co-curricular block. In both Middle and Upper Divisions, 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.
About C. B. Newton Library
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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The library collection consists of approximately 34,000 circulating and reference volumes, a growing audio-visual collection of video recordings in VHS and DVD formats, music recordings, electronic reference resources, 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.
Reserving Library Class Time (For Faculty Only)
Email or call Eileen Hymas (ext. 1359) or Judith Seebald (ext. 1368) to discuss how we can assist your students through the research process. Please specify date, class period, number of students, Form, and brief description of assignment when making requests. Teachers bringing a class for library research are to remain with their class. The library lab may be reserved for class use. Please specify if you require librarian assistance.
The Lower School Library provides a safe, nurturing environment in which students can successfully seek information and ideas for their educational, informational, and recreational needs. The library seeks to promote an appreciation of literature enabling students to interpret meaning from various forms of literature as they become lifelong readers and learners. Further, the library seeks to ensure that our students acquire the necessary information literacy skills they will need to become productive learners with skills and knowledge necessary to lead successful meaningful lives in the 21st century. This mission recognizes the essential role of the school library program in the educational process as students reach their full potential.