Our Library :
The Ferguson Library offers over 14,000 books to our students and staff. Our library collection supports the curriculum and has an excellent variety of books for our students to check out. Materials in our library are selected following the guidelines of the State College Area School Board’s Policy for the Selection of Library Materials.
The library is open every school day. Students visit the library during their scheduled library periods and for special classes of research. They may also visit the library on their own, or in small groups, with their teacher’s permission.
We have a large collection of picture books, which are marked Everybody. These are fiction books and anyone may select these books to read or have read to them. We have a second section of books marked Junior Fiction. These books are for students who are ready to read chapter books. The Ferguson library also has a Fiction section available for students, with a variety of genres and titles for our students and staff to enjoy. We have two sections of nonfiction books. The first is Junior Nonfiction, specifically for those students in kindergarten through second grade. We also have our Nonfiction section for the general school population. We have a large selection of Magazines from which students in second grade or above may select. Biographies are in a separate area, as are our Reference materials. Poetry and Traditional Literature are also available in the Ferguson library for all students to enjoy.
Books are checked out for one week and may be renewed when returning to the library the following week. We often borrow books from other libraries in the school district if needed, through inter-library loans. If a student forgets their library books, they may continue to check out additional books, but we ask that students and parents are responsible with book checkout.
We focus on students choosing books that are a "good fit" for them, keeping in mind that students have full access and choice of all books in the library.
Lost or damaged books:
We encourage children to keep their books in a safe place at home. However, we know that accidents do happen and books are sometimes lost. If a book has been permanently lost, or damaged beyond repair, the book must be paid for, following the Policy for Overdue, Damaged and Lost Library Materials adopted by the State College Area School District.
Searching for books:
Children may use their chromebooks to search for materials using our online catalog.