Norwood School is fortunate to have two large libraries, one in the Lower School and one in the Middle School, that are well stocked with a diverse selection of books and online resources to serve the community. Filled with natural light and comfortable areas to read or complete homework, the libraries are a welcoming environment for all to gather. The rich and varied collections in each library fills the needs, abilities, and interests of each student by supplying resources for both recreational reading and research purposes. The use of online resources is an important part of the curriculum and supports students working on research projects. The librarians, who offer guidance to students individually and in class, work consistently and diligently to encourage a love of literature with the goal of creating lifelong readers; ensure that students acquire information literacy, including age-appropriate research, library, and critical-thinking skills; stimulate intellectual curiosity, open minds, and a sense of wonder about the diversity of the world.
Our libraries are much more than quiet places where students passively obtain information. Rather, the Norwood libraries are hubs of activity in which students are accessing resources – both print and digital – that advance learning and innovation. Our librarians serve as media specialists who support the integration of information literacy, technology skills, and educational technology to enhance learning and innovation across the curriculum. Working closely with the technology department and the director of curriculum and instruction, the library media specialists collaborate with teachers in all grade levels and subject areas to connect students with the best resources (print, digital, and emerging media) while developing strong research and information literacy skills. In addition, they guide students in developing solid computational thinking skills by offering exciting learning opportunities such as the Coding Workshop, an elective for seventh and eighth graders.
Norwood seeks to empower students to be ethical, independent, and innovative users of technology throughout their lives, and the School is committed to the use of educational technology as a means of extending and enriching teaching and learning. A priority in Norwood’s technology program is teaching students how to find, decode, evaluate, and organize the vast amount of information available through what has become a global electronic library.