Academics

Curtis Library

The Curtis Library is a key resource that supports each child's academic growth and individual interests while helping our students acquire the skills they will need in order to meet the challenges of a fast-changing world.
From the inviting reading patio and entryway to the technologically advanced Maker Space, the library provides space that supports student learning, fosters a lifelong love of reading, develops essential research and information processing skills, and provides guidance from trained information specialists.

The library houses an extensive array of print resources that have been carefully selected to support the Curtis School curriculum as well as to nurture an appreciation for and love of literature. Through a partnership with the Los Angeles Public Library, the Upper Elementary division has access to a vast store of information via databases, ebooks, audiobooks, and other digital media.

The Curtis Library program offers a wide range of activities and learning experiences for students. From the Caldecott Art Project to Design Challenges to Book Club, every experience is carefully planned to cultivate literacy skills and a love of reading and establish a strong foundation of crucial 21st century information gathering and processing skills.

Libraries around the world are evolving and adapting to the technological advances that are shaping society. The Curtis Library is a key resource that supports each child's academic growth and individual interests while helping our students acquire the skills they will need in order to meet the challenges of a fast-changing world.

Librarians

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Amy Wiggins

    Mrs. Amy Wiggins 

    Library and Digital Media Specialist
    (310) 889-3791
  • Photo of Karen Nguyen

    Ms. Karen Nguyen 

    Associate Library and Media Specialist
    (310) 889-3790

Library Hours

7:30 a.m.– 3:30 p.m.

Maker Days

"Maker Days," inspired by the TV Show Making It, take place in the Maker Space each month and are a big favorite, especially of our Lower Elementary students. Upper Elementary students can be found there working on a variety of curriculum-focused projects as well. Parent volunteers are invited to join the librarians in assisting students with making a craft or activity during "Maker Days" each month. 

Author Days - October 2019

Third and Fourth Grade Author Day with Sarah Mlynowski

Sarah Mlynowski is the New York Times bestselling author of the Whatever After series and the Upside-Down Magic series, which she co-writes with Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins. Her books have been translated into twenty-nine languages and optioned to Hollywood. We are not only lucky to welcome Sarah as a visiting author but also a new Curtis parent!

Book Clubs

Book clubs are an option available to Curtis 5th and 6th graders. This opportunity provided by the library nurtures our students' love of reading. Facilitated by the librarians, book clubs introduce students to literature and promote the development of students' analytical abilities. Group discussion introduces them to new ideas and provides a forum for the exchange of ideas with their peers.

Book clubs meet about once a month to discuss books of the students' choosing. For the month of October, 5th graders have chosen to read Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White and Last Day on Mars by Kevin Emerson. Our 6th graders have chosen to read Sticks and Stones by Abby Cooper and The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau.