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Reading and Research

Take a look at our library website, containing links to our catalog of books and many other resources which young readers will love!

The CDS Library’s collection of 7,000 titles lines the paneled walls of its home on the first floor of our 16th Street building. 

The major focus of the library program at Children’s Day School is to connect students with books that fuel their interests and introduce them to new viewpoints. Each week, students in kindergarten through fifth grade choose books to read during their library classes, while students in sixth through eighth grades visit the library for enrichment and research. CDS Librarian Elsa Townsend keeps track of students’ evolving interests and literary tastes to display and recommend enticing titles. 

The scope of the growing collection reflects the varied preschool through eighth grade curriculum, with particular depth in the following areas:

  • Non-fiction: books and audio-visual materials on civil rights and social justice, world cultures/folktales, biographies, and poetry.
  • Fiction: award-winning picture books, “early” readers, young fiction (“chapter books”) and middle school fiction.

The librarian also provides teachers with materials from digital resources and the San Francisco Public Library, as well as from the CDS collection. The library program introduces all students gradually to the Dewey Decimal System, reinforcing this knowledge with field trips to the San Francisco Public Library. 

Everyone in the Children’s Day School community is welcome to check out books from both the general collection and the parenting and education collection. Parents, grandparents and family friends are always welcome during classroom library times to read aloud, help students find and check out inspiring books, and lend a hand with ongoing library tasks. 

Anyone wishing to help out in the library during school hours can contact Elsa Townsend at elsat@cds-sf.org.