A coeducational day school serving students JK-12



Inspiring Lifelong Reading and Learning

lower school students enjoying books in the library
Library programs at the Latin School of Chicago are designed to ensure that students become effective and thoughtful users and creators of information in the 21st century.The libraries are committed to teaching information access, use, and evaluation skills, and the libraries’ ultimate goal is to foster the confidence, competence, enjoyment and dedication required of a program of lifelong reading and learning.

There are two libraries in the Latin School of Chicago, the Mabel Slade Vickery Library in the lower school and the Regenstein Library, which serves the middle and upper schools.

A "Pop-up" Library in the middle school also provides students with materials access and programming. Our libraries are at the heart of many instructional, research, and social activities in the school, and host author visits, reading challenges, and other literacy-related events for the community. Students and faculty also have access to a host of digital books, periodicals and research collections.

In the middle and upper schools, the library also serves as a valuable study space. There are small group conference rooms as well as a middle school fiction reading area surrounded by shelves of young adult novels for middle school students who use the library during study halls.

Library Happenings

The Founders of LuminAid Visit the Upper School

On October 13th, the US Library presents Shark-Tank-winning Chicago start-up company LuminAid to speak at the Upper School Assembly about their company, winning an offer from Mark Cuban on Shark Tank, their path into technology/maker entrepreneurship, and efforts with world aid.

Afterward, LuminAid will be available for a Q&A session at the US/MS Library from 10:20am to 11am.

Read more about The Founders of LuminAid Visit the Upper School
Poem in Your Pocket
Lower school students expressed their appreciation for poetry by participating in National Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 30. Each year on Poem in Your Pocket Day, people throughout the United States celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day.
The lower school librarians have embraced the day by creating their own tradition: the Pail O' Poetry. On Poem in Your Pocket Day, those who feel they need inspiration can go by the library and pick a poem from the pail to get them into the poetic frame of mind.
Read more about Poem in Your Pocket
April in the LS Library: Día, Pocket Poems, and Pencils

Poem In Your Pocket Day is April 21! Anyone can celebrate by picking a beloved poem, carrying a copy of it with you, and sharing it with others throughout the day. We'll have our traditional "Pail o' Poetry" in the LS Library if anybody needs inspiration or doesn't want to copy a poem on their own.

We also invite all children and families to celebrate Día this month. Participants will read and share a reflection about a "window book" with our community. (Different for each individual, a "window book" is defined as a book that encourages readers to look outside themselves to better understand and appreciate a culture, identity, or experience different from their own.) Starting the week of April 18, children can pick up a window template from the LS Library. The template will allow participants to share their reading experience through writing or drawing. All contributions will be shared with the wider LS community, and participants who turn in a completed template by May 6 will receive a special prize (spoiler alert: it is a free paperback book).

Thanks for your participation!

Read more about April in the LS Library: Día, Pocket Poems, and Pencils
90 Second Newbery video, Dear Mr. Henshaw, by lower schoolers

Our Librarians

Sheri Snopek
Lower School Librarian

Luke Sutton
Lower School Librarian

Amy Atkinson
Middle School Librarian

Gretchen Metzler
Upper School Librarian

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