The Library

JTD Greyhounds enhance their learning by enjoying books from the School's Library.
The Library offers more than 15,000 books and online resources to students, and hundreds of new volumes are added to the collection each year! Our School Librarian promotes lifelong literacy and a love of reading by helping students find books to enjoy both at school and at home in the School's extensive collection. Additionally, she works collaboratively with classroom and specialist teachers to support units of study, curriculum objectives, and student learning.
Deliberately Designed
Students in Grades K-4 visit the Library as a class once per cycle, and students in Grades 5-6 visit the Library to exchange books and conduct research.
The Library itself is an engaging learning space, with both large areas for class gatherings, and nooks and small group workspaces where students can dig into a new book!

In the Library, students learn about the power of books. Our Librarian introduces students to a variety of authors and shares stories from different cultures in order to foster the development of personal identity while also helping students gain appreciation for the diverse world they live in. During their time in the Library, students learn essential skills: locating books and online resources, identifying reading genres, conducting research, and, of course, appreciating the importance of books and writing. Library information skills are interwoven with our Reader’s Workshop curriculum to help students learn to engage in the process of becoming fluent readers and thinkers.
Each year, the Parents' Association Library Committee works with the School Librarian to coordinate an annual book fair, book dedications, and regular visits from notable authors. These special activities enhance our students' education experience and foster a lifelong love of reading!

From the Library

List of 8 news stories.

  • Art Teacher Lindsay Parker Illustrates Book

    By Kate Merritt
    This Spring, JTD will add a new book to the school library, My Extra Mom, written by Gina Grad and illustrated by beloved JTD art teacher Lindsay Parker!
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  • Big Sunday Books N’ Brunch

    By Malia Gregory
    Absolutely everyone has some way that they can help someone else.
    This inspiring motto originates from Big Sunday, a non-profit organization JTD has partnered with for over 5 years.
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  • Celebrating Black History Month

    By Malia Gregory
    In honor of Black History Month, JTD hosted a series of events throughout the month of February to celebrate the rich culture of the Black community. In Library class, parents, faculty, and staff were invited to participate in the National African American Read-In, where the adults in our community read stories to students by Black authors featuring Black characters. Students then completed follow-up reflection activities guided by our Librarian.
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  • Students Celebrate Black History Month in the Library

    By Kate Merritt
    Think for a moment about the books you read and enjoyed as a child. What characters are the most memorable? Do they look or act like you? If they do, you're in the fortunate majority of readers.
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  • Books 'n Bears

    By Kate Merritt
    This year, JTD once again collaborated with past parent, Pat Jackson, to provide books to Los Angeles inner city youth in a program started by Pat's daughter, JTD alumna Tiana Woolridge '05. 
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  • Winkler and Oliver

    Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver visit JTD students

    By Jessica Scott
    On Thursday, December 2, authors Lin Oliver and Henry Winkler (yes--THAT Henry Winkler!) visited Upper School students over Zoom.
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  • Author Margo Sorenson Speaks to Students

    By Leigh Roberts
    What if magic glasses could allow us to see into each other’s imaginations? What if we watered the seeds of our ideas with curiosity to help them blossom into full-blown stories? Children’s book author and former English teacher, Margo Sorenson shared just how powerful our imaginations can be as she popped in for a virtual author visit this week.
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  • Award-winning Author Avi Speaks to Students

    By Leigh Roberts
    On Monday, January 25, students in Grades 3-6 had the opportunity to speak with Newbery Award Winner Avi. Avi has written over 70 books, including The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Nothing But the Truth, Crispin: The Cross of Lead, and Poppy.  
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Our Librarian

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Curious about Grade 2?

Grade 2 is a year of growth, where students experience the communities in which we live — preparing them to affect positive change.
"Students learn to read in the classroom, and they learn to love to read in the library."
- Jessica Scott, Librarian

The John Thomas Dye School

11414 Chalon Road
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Phone: (310) 476-2811
The John Thomas Dye School admits students of any race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs.

Located In Los Angeles, CA, John Thomas Dye is an independent school for grades K-6. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.