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The St. Mark's Library is located on the second floor of our campus, where it provides students with a warm and engaging space to read, study, research, create, and relax. Boasting over 15,000 volumes, the St. Mark's Library is a well-stocked and well-loved place on our campus; St. Mark's students love to read!

By providing the best collection possible, our librarians aim to foster a lifelong love of books, libraries, and reading. Maintaining a multitude of materials that support school curriculum, a culture of diversity, and interdisciplinary units, our library offers quality readers’ advisory and reference services. Our librarians share not only a passion for reading, but also a high level of creativity, which allows them to offer special programming to promote a love of reading. Our Preschool 2s through 1st Grade Librarian also teaches technology to students in Pre-K through 1st grade, and our 2nd through 8th Grade Librarian is a middle school advisor and leads electives focused on STEM and tinkering in the adjacent Parent Guild Idea Lab. Our librarians believe strongly in the library being a place for information sharing and connection, where students may experience a fearless pursuit of knowledge. In addition, the library enjoys a dedicated group of parent volunteers who help to make our library program very successful.

Visiting the Library

Early Childhood

Early childhood students visit the library for regular story times once every six days, which include stories, songs, flannel board stories, and puppetry. The librarian collaborates with teachers to support and enrich the curriculum. The main goal is to promote a love of reading and build students’ enthusiasm to learn to read and answer questions. Students begin checking out books to the classroom in Pre-K, and in Kindergarten students are allowed to check books out to take home.

Elementary

St. Mark’s Elementary students visit the library once every 6 days.  Elementary students are encouraged to come check out books any time during the week, not just during library class. Library catalog and database searching is introduced in 1st grade. Students spend more time learning how to locate resources in 1st and 2nd grade, although they still participate in story times. Differences in fiction, nonfiction, biographies, and other genres are explored.

Students gain a love of literature as they read and listen to stories and poetry.  They learn how to use the online catalog and online databases to find materials needed for assignments or books to read.  They explore fiction genres, use a variety of reference sources, and learn about authors.  By the end of the year, students are independent, confident library users as they delve deeper into becoming skilled searchers.  Many students come to the library on their own several times each week to replenish their reading supply.

Middle School

Middle school students at St. Mark’s visit the library throughout the year in several classes to complete online and print research. Developing strong research skills is important before high school.

Reading Lists

View age-appropriate reading lists from HAISLN (Houston Area Independent School Library Network), click here.

The 2X2 Reading List consists of picture book titles chosen by the Texas Library Association and recommended for children, age two to grade two.

In addition, students entering the 3rd through 6th grade should check out Texas Bluebonnet Award Nominees. 3rd Grade students should read or listen to 8 or more of the 20, and  4th – 6th graders should read or listen to 10 or more in order to qualify for the Bluebonnet Breakfast in early March.

6th – 8th graders may participate in the Texas Lone Star Award program. Any 6th – 8th grader who reads 6 or more of the Lone Star titles will be invited to the  annual Lone Star Sundae Bar in the spring semester.

Meet Our Librarians

Laurie Mitchell

Laurie Mitchell

Librarian, 3rd through 8th Grade
Lower School: Elementary, Middle School
Kristin Uptmor

Kristin Uptmor

Librarian, Preschool 2s through 2nd Grade; Technology Teacher, Kindergarten and 1st Grade, Technology Teacher, Pre-K through 1st Grade
Lower School: Elementary, Lower School: Early Childhood, Technology