Books are just the beginning.
The library media center serves as an extension of the classroom – a laboratory for using those skills that can be applied to information needs throughout the student’s life. In addition, experiences with literature and other types of media, both print and non-print, promote the understanding of differences among people, and also help students gain insight into their own faith and learning.
The school library media program is an integral part of the instructional process. The library media program is designed to teach the student skills in finding, interpreting and applying information to help the learner function effectively as an individual and in groups, and to support the educational program of the school. The library media program is also designed to instill an appreciation for literature and other media, print, and non-print. If students are to function successfully in a complex society, they must acquire skills and knowledge to become independent, self-reliant learners. Within the school, the library media program is a major force which helps the student develop these essential skills.
The Minnehaha Academy Upper School library utilizes a variety of print and non-print resources to support the Upper School curriculum. This includes a collection of print books, an electronic book collection shared with other independent schools in the metro area, electronic reference books, print magazines and newspapers, and subscriptions to databases, some subscribed to by MA and others provided through ELM, a state funded program.