The Joukowsky Family Library is full of information.
Preschool is learning how to unlock all of that knowledge.
Today's visit began with a peek into outer space.
Two women are participating in a spacewalk today, repairing a battery in a giant machine that NASA has put into orbit.
Their readaloud built on this news.
The librarian began by showing them a photo of the illustrator and author.
Then, she shared with them the story of Mae Jemison, the first African-American astronaut.
Dr. Jemison's story can be told in terms of race and gender.
For these students, it was a story of dreams, hard work, and the importance of having a few people who believe in you.
Six weeks into the school year, these four-year-olds know how to find books on their own.
After the readaloud, they selected books on big machines.
They selected books about special jobs.
They selected books about flying creatures.
They selected books on space travel.
They selected books on female aviation pioneers.
Gordon strives to provide a library where every student can see themselves, and their dreams, reflected in the collection.
The librarian and the volunteers are proud that students are learning to use it.
It's their library.
They'll be at Gordon for the next ten years.
It's nice to see them settling in.
Gordon's librarian has a family connection to the history of the space program. Paul Abell, father of Ms. Martindale's daughter Tavie Abell '06, worked with Colin Pillinger analyzing the first moondust samples that returned to earth in 1969. link
Alumni who were at Gordon in the 1990s may remember the visit from astronaut Cady Coleman more on her