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The Community Library Opens

Monday, November 18, 2019

A new, exciting learning space has opened up for our students! The CDS Community Library and Center for Inquiry officially opened on November 11, and last week we welcomed a large crowd of CDS families for an open house.

The recent remodeling of our 333 Dolores Street campus left us temporarily without a library space, so we drew on our partnership with the Columbia Park Boys & Girls Club to find a solution. They agreed to provide us with a large room in their building, and our parents, faculty, and community members generously donated $185,000 to our Fund-a-Need project to transform it into a state-of-the-art modern library. It will be used both by our own students and those at the Boys & Girls Club, and we’re grateful to everyone who came together to make it happen.

Even before the open house, we have already had several memorable moments in the library. Children’s book author Yangsook Choi gave a presentation for our students and a “Young Artists Workshop” for the Boys & Girls Club. On Monday morning, the Second Grade Dolphins became the first students to do a class activity in the library, as All School Librarian Cristal Fiel (above right) and ECP/Lower School Library Specialist Elsa Townsend (above left) showed them around and led them on a scavenger hunt to find different types of books and authors. Since then, all of our Lower School students have had the opportunity to spend time in the library and check books out.

We look forward to expanding the scope of the library further and further as time goes on. “As we work to build the print collection, we do so with an eye toward social justice,” said Cristal. “We’re adding more books with diverse characters to our collection in order to ensure that all of our young people can see themselves reflected there.”