The Maryvale Preparatory School Library seeks to provide all students with exposure to information across all disciplines in both print and electronic formats. As an integral component of the Maryvale curriculum, the library supports the development of information literacy by helping students to define their information needs, select and gather their information from a variety of sources, and evaluate the quality of that information. These information literary skills help to hone the skills necessary to become responsible, independent learners in college. Additionally, the library emphasizes the value of leisure-time reading as a key element in the education of the mind, body, and spirit.
The library at Maryvale Preparatory School provides access to a comprehensive collection of curriculum-related print and electronic sources. These include circulating fiction and nonfiction books, reference books, magazines, online subscription databases, e-books and the internet. Students' iPads and our computers are used to access the electronic resources and to work on school and homework assignments. The library is open to students, faculty and staff from 7:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
All students, faculty and staff have access to the Maryvale library collection 24 hours a day, seven days a week, via their web browser by clicking here
. Destiny's interactive and visually engaging interface assists each student in identifying and selecting appropriate resources based on search criteria.
Currently, the library subscribes to numerous academic databases, providing students with high-quality information in many different formats such as reference books, scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, primary source documents, and audio and visual media.
Services and Activities
The Maryvale library provides a wide range of services and activities to meet the needs of the entire school community. Some of these services include:
- Direct research instruction to Middle and Upper School students
- Middle School students attend regularly scheduled library skills and research classes a cycle
- Research projects are cooperatively planned and integrated into the Middle School curriculum
- Infusion of technology tools during all phases of the research process
- 9th grade student orientation
- Individual assistance to students, as needed
- Access to Destiny, our web-based library automation system and subscription database, both on campus or from home, 24 hours a day
- Circulation of books and magazines
- Middle and Upper School Book Clubs
- Participation in the Maryland Black Eyed Susan Reading Program
- Special events include Scary Stories in the Castle, Teen Read Week, and a celebration of poetry during National Poetry month