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The Rocky Hill Country Day School Library is an uplifting space where community members gather to read, learn, research, collaborate, and relax. Our library program enriches and supports the work of all three divisions.


LIBRARY HOURS: Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM – 4:45 PM

WENDY GUSTAVEL

School Librarian

WENDY GUSTAVEL

BA, College of the Holy Cross
M.Ed, University of New Hampshire

401.884.9070 | ext. 149
wgustavel@rockyhill.org
MORE ABOUT WENDY

Students in PreK through Grade 2 attend weekly library classes to develop a love of reading and research. Our youngest learners engage with new authors, learn basic research skills, and explore various genres.

3rd through 5th grade students dive into more advanced online research skills such as using search engines, evaluating websites, and citing sources in support of their classroom Project Based Learning work.

The RHCD School librarian collaborates with teachers and students in the Middle and Upper School to provide book tasting and book club opportunities as well as classes and workshops on important topics such as how to use online research platforms and the importance of academic honesty.

Middle School and Upper School students use the library for research and quiet study throughout the day.

Our Library:

Offers high interest new releases as well as classic literature for Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School students.

Provides access to online databases such as Britannica School, World Book Online, Culturegrams, and Exploring Nature.

Offers exciting programming such as virtual field trips, author visits, and book fairs.

Promotes mindfulness with various mindful activities available at the entrance of the library.

  • Students attend weekly library classes with the library media specialist.
  • Students in PreK through Grade 2 attend weekly library classes to develop a love of reading and research. Our youngest learners engage with new authors, learn basic research skills, and explore various genres.
  • 3rd through 5th grade students dive into more advanced online research skills such as using search engines, evaluating websites, and citing sources.
  • Students engage with the Pollyanna Racial Literacy Curriculum in order to develop comprehension, research, and conversation skills while exploring the concept of race.
  • Students learn about Digital Citizenship and Media Literacy in order to develop the skills they need to be responsible digital citizens and researchers.
  • Classroom teachers and students collaborate with the library media specialist during Project Based Learning units.
  • Students in Grades 3-5 participate in the Rhode Island Children’s Book Award program.
  • Students enjoy author visits and cultural programming throughout the year.
    Mindfulness practices are embedded in all library lessons.
  • Students have the opportunity to participate in book clubs.
  • The library media specialist provides book talks and book tastings to students in order to introduce new authors, titles, and genres.
  • 8th grade students work closely with library media specialst on their Exposition research projects. 
  • Students participate in the Rhode Island Middle School Book Award program.
    Students use the library for research and quiet study throughout the day.
  • Mindfulness resources are available at the library entrance for middle school students to use while in the library.
  • 9th and 10th grade students engage in a Media Literacy seminar course with the library media specialist.
  • Students have the opportunity to participate in book clubs.
  • Students use the library for research and quiet study throughout the day.
  • The library media specialist collaborates with students and teachers on research projects throughout the year.
  • Mindfulness resources are available at the library entrance for middle school students to use while in the library.
  • RHCD families can check materials out of the library.
  • Our library media specialist is available to make book recommendations and connect families to resources.
  • The library hosts family activities in the library throughout the year.

WENDY GUSTAVEL

LIBRARIAN

Wendy Gustavel is the Preschool through Grade 12 librarian at Rocky Hill Country Day School. Wendy earned her Masters of Education degree from the University of New Hampshire and is currently enrolled in the University of Rhode Island Masters in Library and Information Services program. She has over 15 years of experience teaching at the elementary through college level. Wendy is passionate about the transformative power of literature and loves to share her love of reading and research with her students and colleagues. She believes that libraries should be safe and welcoming spaces for all. 

 

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Rocky Hill Country Day School

530 Ives Road
East Greenwich, RI 02818

Phone: 401.884.9070
Fax: 401.885.4985