Our campus has two libraries to serve the Duchesne community. The Sister Lamy Library is located in the Lower School and welcomes children to listen to stories, select books, and learn about topics that interest them. The Wilkinson Family Library houses the Middle and Upper School collection. Students find a strong mix of research opportunities through print and electronic resources, as well as books for leisure reading, art displays, special exhibits, and presentations from authors and other speakers.

Students at Duchesne have access to a full range of resources that serve all grade levels. The electronic resources range from encyclopedias to high-level academic indexes and include a universal catalog that shows all holdings from both libraries.

Each library has a comfortable environment that encourages students to read a book, study, work collaboratively on projects, or even play chess. The librarians use the library classrooms in the Wilkinson Family Library to teach information literacy skills, and the rooms provide a quiet place for study.

Both libraries are staffed by librarians who earned their Master of Library and Information Science and teach research and information literacy integrated with the curriculum. The librarians also plan programs such as author visits, Universal Reading Day, Book Fair, and the celebration of Banned Books Week.

2017-2018 Summer Reading Assignments

Lower School Summer Reading Assignments

Incoming Petite Hearts (Pre-Kindergarten 3 and 4) are required to read (or have read to them) a minimum of 20 picture books.

Incoming kindergarten students are required to read (or have read to them) a minimum of 25 picture books.

Incoming first grade students are required to read 30 picture books or 200 pages.

Incoming second grade students are required to read a minimum of 225 pages.

Incoming third grade students are required to read a minimum of 250 pages.

Incoming fourth grade students - Step One: You are asked to read two books over the summer. One book is required to read, Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper. The second book will be your choice from the list of Newbery or honor winning novels.

Step Two: Write a poem about one of the books you read. It can be a free verse, rhyming or not rhyming, acrostic, shape poem, or haiku. It is your choice!

You may use your best CURSIVE handwriting or you may type it.

Step Three: Bring your poem with you on the first day of school.

Middle School Summer Reading Assignments

Required reading for Middle School is as follows:

Fifth Grade: The Island of the Blue Dolphins ISBN 9780547328614

Sixth Grade: The Witch of Blackbird Pond ISBN 9780547550299

Seventh Grade: I Am Malala (Young Reader Edition) ISBN 9780316327916

Eighth Grade: Between Shades of Gray ISBN 978014242059

Students are also encouraged to read books from the HAISLN reading list over the summer.

Upper School Summer Reading Assignments


Katie Turner
Lower School

Laura Leib
Middle School

Jean Pfluger
Upper School

Sharon Sheara
Library Assistant