The mission of The Abbott Family Learning Center is to provide an active learning space and diverse services to meet the various needs of students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni of The Wellington School community. Services such as 24/7 access to print and online resources, individual and group instruction and literature promotion offer students the opportunity to become lifelong readers, learners and leaders.
The Library supports the school curriculum and the lifelong learning of students, faculty, staff and parents by fostering positive attitudes toward reading. The Library provides more than 35,000 print volumes and seven subscription databases suitable for the community. The Library is open nearly 50 hours a week. With the online catalog and subscription databases, the community has access to many library materials and services 24/7.
By providing students and faculty with new or unfamiliar resources and services, the librarians are able to enrich and expand or reshape learning and teaching. By actively reaching out beyond requests for materials and assistance, by anticipating needs and by maintaining a high profile in the life of the school, the librarians are active participants in the educational process. A big part of the librarians’ days are spent inside classrooms reading to children, working with small groups and teaching reading and research skills.
The Library curriculum focuses on the acquisition of lifelong information literacy skills and demonstrating the benefits of lifelong reading. Formal and informal instruction are offered, as well as one-on-one and small group instruction in the classroom, lab or library. Instruction in information literacy is based on national standards established by the American Association of School Librarians.