About the Bear Creek Libraries

Mission

The mission of The Bear Creek School Libraries is to ensure that students are ethical and effective users and producers of ideas and information. To fulfill this mission we strive to: teach essential information and technology skills integrated with the curriculum; guide and promote the reading and evaluation of books and other media; and manage and provide information and technology services, resources, and facilities.

Collection

The Bear Creek School has four separate libraries. The Ida Lairson Library has a collection focused for Lower School students in kindergarten – grade 4. The C.E. “Ted” Kindel Library houses a collection geared toward Early Middle School and Middle School students. The Andrea Lairson Library in the Upper School building is filled with resources for students in grades 9-12. Preschool teachers and parents may check out books from the Valley Campus Library where the collection is geared toward Preschool students.

The collection is built to support the resource needs of the classroom curriculum; together the libraries contain over 39,000 print and web titles. All libraries provide computers for online research and access to online resources to which the school subscribes.

What is in the Library?

Books - over 30,000 books are in our collection!

eBooks - a growing collection of eBooks is accessible through the online catalog (search keyword 'ebooks') and through eLibrary (see Databases tab).

Electronics - laptop computers (for use in the library), pen drives, Flip video recorders (for faculty use).

Newspapers - The Seattle Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Magazines - The Atlantic, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Economist, First Things, Scientific American, Time, and more!

Online Resources - databases and periodical subscriptions provide access to thousands of audio files, full-text books, magazines, academic journals, and more! See tabs above.

DVDs - curriculum-related materials and parenting resources.

About the Libraries