The Monsignor J.H. O'Neil library is centrally located within the school and is designed as a space for student collaboration, research and learning. Falling under the umbrella of the London District Catholic School Board, the school library is served by the added benefits of the wide range of services offered by this larger board. Our librarian, Mrs. Woodcock, welcomes all students and staff to the library in their pursuit of information and to pick out a great book!
Regularly-scheduled library and computer class visits are enhanced by the librarian's knowledge of research and technology lessons developed in consultation with teachers. She fosters a love of reading through story-telling and book discussions with classes, as well as through book displays in the library. These activities keep the students busy and interested in the contents of their school library!
Our library boasts a collection of approximately 6,000 items, including fiction, non-fiction, picture books, reference materials and magazines. In addition to these print resources, students also have access to a number of online databases for research and browsing, including PebbleGo, Britannica School and Gale Research in Context. Finally, all of our students have access to the Board's digital library, where they can access eBooks through OverDrive.
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Public Library Links: Oxford County Library Woodstock Public Library
LDCSB Library Mission Statement
To provide access to a variety of informational resources to support the curriculum, foster a love for reading, and ensure the school community is effective users of information for learning and for leisure.
LDCSB School Library Goals
- Educate students on the functionality, organization and purpose of libraries so that they can be library users for life
- Demonstrate how to research with purpose and process
- Promote and foster a love for reading for pleasure and learning
- Develop library collections that encompass a variety of formats to support Catholic Graduate Expectations
- Facilitate the use of technology for learning, research and communication
What the Research says about School Libraries
Research undeniably and repeatedly shows clear links between student achievement and the existence of libraries stocked with a variety of resources, and staffed by qualified librarians who collaborate with teachers.