Elmore Library, located in the Blatchford Learning Center, is the hub of research and reading at The Country School. Its mission is to inspire students in a collaborative environment that develops their abilities to intellectually engage a variety of media and technology to support their quest for knowledge while promoting learning and reading as lifelong activities.
Named for long-time Country School trustee Bill Elmore, the library houses more than 10,000 titles and 45 periodicals and newspapers. It is also equipped with an array of databases to enhance student learning and research as well as other technology designed to connect TCS students to schools, information, and individuals across the globe, including Skype and WeatherBug Achieve. In addition to a full complement of desk top computers, it also has several touch-screen computers that students of all ages use for information gathering and sharing as well as for displaying student work.
At its core, Elmore Library fosters the love of reading. In addition to the books students may borrow, the library has a free book exchange program through which students and/or parents may donate books they no longer want and take home books in exchange. The library also sponsors periodic book club meetings throughout the year, makes book recommendations for students and adults, and provides opportunities for students and parents to meet visiting authors. Recently, Elmore Library has served as host to authors Jake Halpern, Alan Katz, Leslie Connor, Dan Gutman, Ron Lieber, and Pamela Druckerman.