OUR LIBRARY The school library program serves to instill a love of reading, inspire life-long learning, and foster independent library use. Students visit once a week with their class to check out materials and to practice information literacy skills and digital citizenship. The library is an inviting space where students may acquire knowledge and gain insight; a welcoming haven where children may seek respite from a demanding day; a stimulating place where they may open books and open their minds for a better tomorrow.
The Library was renovated extensively in 2000-01 and serves about 750 students in grades Kindergarten through 5. Holdings include books, magazines, art prints, videos, DVDs, audiobooks, and music CDs --roughly 18,000 items-- largely funded by the PTA. There are six student-use computer stations, three computers serving library operations, and one presentation station that boasts both a wide-screen television and an interactive SMART Board purchased by the PTA. First automated in 2000, library services have migrated to Follett Destiny Library Manager, a web-based system. The interface enables our students, staff, and parents to have access to a unified catalog of all holdings in MBUSD school libraries, and it promotes library to classroom to home learning and connectivity.
Thanks to the enduring generosity of parents, teachers, and community partners, the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation pledges $5+ million for the 2014-15 school year to preserve smaller class sizes, school library services, and enrichment programs. The GV Library is staffed with one full time library media specialist, and more than ninety parent volunteers assist with day-to-day operations. Our wonderful parent volunteers are nationally famous, and were featured in a magazine article "Are There Any Volunteers?" by Lauren Barack (School Library Journal, December 2010). During the 2014-15 school year approximately 35,000 items were circulated, an increase over the previous year by more than 2,000. Donations of gently-used children's books are always welcome. They may be added to the Library collection, distributed to Grand View teachers for classroom use, or donated to schools in need via Access Books or other distribution methods.