RSSAA Library Program
The Rudolf Steiner School Library Program aims to foster a lifelong love of learning by providing students with creative venues and meaningful resources that enable them to explore and develop personal interests within the context of their Waldorf Education.
Read about our library program updates, tips, and resources on the RSSAA Library Blog.
Library books and media resources are available to students and faculty on both the Lower School and High School campuses, with many collections searchable on the RSSAA Online Catalog. We also welcome visits and inquiry from the RSSAA community at large, including parents who may use our collections for further enrichment of their family’s Steiner School experience.
Our school librarians work closely with faculty to develop Waldorf curriculum resources, schedule class visits, and tailor library programming for students. During the school year, librarians will monitor book circulation, host educational events and activities, maintain relevant reading collections and feature selections, provide support for basic student research, publish weekly announcements, and post program updates online.
Book Circulation Policies
- Librarians will review and monitor proper checkout procedure with students.
- Students may have up to two books checked out in their name (parents and teachers may request additional books) which will be recorded on their Borrower card filed at the E.K. Library.
- Books borrowed from the Library must be returned to the Library or renewed, on or before the Due Date.
- Periodic notices will be issued to borrowers for any overdue books checked out in their name. Borrowers may not check out new items until all overdue books are returned, and those who have received at least three overdue notices on a book will receive a phone call or letter of inquiry to parents from the library staff.
- Books which have been damaged or lost will be billed to the student’s family at replacement cost, and borrowing privileges will be suspended until fees are paid. Your lost book fee may be refunded if the item is returned in good condition by the last day of school.
Love books and enjoy spending time in the library? Be involved, gain skills, and learn more about your school library resources! We invite interested RSSAA students (Grade 6+) and/or parents and community members to volunteer at the Ellie Klopp Library.
Volunteer as you’re available, even for 15-30 minute sessions, during open hours or after school. Training will be provided (no experience necessary) for tasks such as shelving or organizing books, working with the library catalog, or other volunteer jobs we have identified. Please contact a librarian with any questions or to discuss your interest and availability to volunteer.
Lower School Library Resources
The Ellie Klopp Library, named in memory of our school’s first librarian, is the school’s largest library with almost 6,000 titles available. The Ellie Klopp Library is located in the west wing of the Lower School, just past the Gym. In the E.K. Library, there is a classic Card Catalog for patrons to use, along with an internet connection for librarians to access the RSSAA Online Catalog and other online resources. The E.K. Library is generally open for circulation on Monday through Thursday afternoons, whenever the Lower School is in session.
This lovely collection of books and periodicals, especially relevant for Steiner School parents, is available to the community on Tuesdays 8:30-10:00 am (during Coffee Hour or Craft-Tea Group) in the Multipurpose Room at the west wing of the Lower School, or by email/message request online. Find children’s picture books and resources on child development, parenting, and Waldorf Education topics (such as crafts, festivals, food, song and stories) here.
High School Library Resources
The Meagan Margerum-Leys Memorial Library is located in the Stone House directly across from the main HS building. A wondrous collection of books and archives is shelved at this Stone House Library for student and faculty/staff use, along with a computer station and space for small group meetings or individual study. This library was dedicated on March 16, 2005, in memory of Steiner student Meagan Margerum-Leys on the date of her golden birthday.
Collections of book and media resources used by various HS classes include these subject areas: Art, English Literature, History (American and World), Math, Music, Sciences (Physical and Life), and World Languages (German, Spanish, Chinese).
Multiple desktop computers with high speed internet access and a printing station are used in the Computer Lab for the Computer Science program classes as well as individual and group research activities, and even video games in their spare time with the use of a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive boosting guide that are offered online.
College Prep Resources
Students and parents can borrow from a collection of College Planning resources including books on standardized test prep (SAT, ACT, AP, etc.), college choice, financial aid, and the admissions process. These resources are available through the HS Coordinator.
This eclectic collection of literature and popular fiction is shelved in a cozy corner of the HS Commons and is available for student browsing and self checkout. Cards and board games are also stored here for play during lunch and free time before or after school.
Have questions or comments for us? We welcome your feedback! Contact the RSSAA Librarians at: email@example.com