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    The goal of the Thornton Creek Library and information literacy skills program is to ensure that our students are:

    • Effective users of information and ideas
    • Critical evaluators of information
    • Avid, proficient readers
    • Lifelong learners
    • Self-reliant learners
    • Informed, responsible world citizens


    Our library relies on volunteers to run smoothly. With over 20 classes per week, our library is a busy place, and the volunteers who come weekly or more frequently ensure that books are checked in and shelved properly. Without them, everything would grind to a halt and we’d be buried in books! We have many volunteers who also do projects at home— everything from organizing and managing parent-run book fairs to processing new materials for cataloging, covering books, making signs, and more. Some parent volunteers also help by acting as an assistant during their child’s library time. With scarce funding for support staff, volunteers really help make our library a great place to be.


    Our library materials budget is funded almost exclusively by the Thornton Creek Parent Group, which allots funds for materials. Our parent group runs two book fairs every year (usually with the University Book Store in the fall and Secret Garden Book Shop in the spring) which account for about 45% of our total library budget. Ginny has written and received a number of small grants over the years and continues to build our collection in this way. If you would like to donate books, please check with our librarian about our specific needs.

    Expedition resources

    Our library provides many of the print and digital resources that our classes need for their expeditions.