Lower School Library

Oreck Library is in the heart of the campus, integrating knowledge and technology throughout the CDS learning experience. New methods for research and access to information and books will transform our students’ preparation for the rapidly changing, knowledge-based workplace. There are digital and print resources for research, learning, and collaboration. Spaces are available for individual, small group, and division learning. Students can enjoy age-appropriate reading and studying areas, plus new community space for meetings and events. 

Stephanie Howell has been the full-time Lower School and Key School librarian since 2001. Prior to her work at Carolina Day School, Ms. Howell has experience working for the Asheville Citizen-Times, an independent book publisher, and as middle school librarian.

“I’ve loved children's literature ever since I was a child myself,” said Ms. Howell. “It’s my passion and I love getting to share it with children.”  




The Lower School Library also offers online databases to give students access to online information that is trustworthy, accurate, and developmentally appropriate. Ask the librarian for the user name and passwords to the following sites:

Newbery Challenge: Students participating in the Newbery Challenge read and respond to fifteen award-winning books over the course of the school year. This voluntary program is open to all fourth and fifth grade students.

Caldecott Challenge: The Caldecott Challenge begins in January and runs through April. Second and third graders read and respond to fifteen Caldecott award-winning books.

Birthday Books: Looking for the perfect way to honor a birthday? Give the gift of reading! 

Birthday Book Request Form

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