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Anderson Learning Commons & Resources

Student reading a book in the Anderson Learning Commons

The Anderson Learning Commons offers a space for students to access information in various forms and collaborate or work independently to create knowledge.  The Commons combines the traditional library with state of the art technology for creating recordings, videos, presentations and written works.  There is ample room for students to collaborate on projects or find a comfortable place to read for leisure.

Within the Learning Commons, students can gain support from adult experts who will help students gain skills needed for success in college and use the resources available to support their learning.  Services and resources available include an audio-visual production studio, writing lab, meeting rooms, printers, numerous work spaces, and access to a wealth of scholarly information.

Our students live in a world where video has become an integral part of communication in virtually every area of the society in which we live.  Students are many times assigned or have the option to create videos.  The Digital Studio allows students to develop the ability to create and share knowledge in an increasingly relevant form with the help from the Audio Visual Coordinator.

As experts in teaching boys, we know they can be at a disadvantage when it comes to writing skills.  Our writing lab, The Write Place, is where students can strengthen these skills through one-on-one consultations on assignments or independent writing and is staffed by the members of the English Department.

With a focus on college preparation, how to approach a research project is important to college success.  As such, the librarian teaches information literacy within each grade level and is available for one-on-one student instruction.  More than adequate resources are offered through access to middle school, high school and college level databases, interlibrary loan from public and university libraries and the library's own print and digital collection.

The librarian and English Department recognize that boys are less likely to read for pleasure beginning in adolescence.  As such, the librarian teaches an Independent Reading elective in middle school and offers an optional reading program called Pagers available for all grades through the library and English Department.  

four students working on their computers in the Anderson Learning Commons

Recommended Reading List

Middle School


  Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World's Most Dangerous Weapon (Newbury Honor Book) by Steve Sheinkin



   Rangers Apprentice #1: The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan




    Girls, Drums and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick



      March by John Lewis




     The Crossover by Kwame Alexander



  Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey




  American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang




  Shipbreaker by Paolo Bacigalupi



  The Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick




   Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer




  The Martian by Andy Weir

Boys PreK-2


Pete's a Pizza by William Steig


   Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats



  Where the Wild Things Are By Maurice Sendak



    Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss




  William's Doll by Charlotte Zolotow

Boys K-2


  Elephant and Piggie (series) by Mo Willems



  Commander Toad (series) by Jane Yolen




   Henry and Mudge (series) by Cynthia Rylant and Sucie 




    Don't Throw it to Mo (series) by David A. Adler and Sam Ricks




    Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel

Boys Grades 1-3


  Time Warp Trio by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith



  Ricky Ricotta (series) by Dav Pilkey and Dan Santat

Boys Grades 4-6


  Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer



    Love that Dog by Sharon Creech



   I Survived (series) by Lauren Tarshis 


Thumbnail of the Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell


  The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell



Thumbnail of Maus by Art Spiegelman


    Maus I & II By Art Spiegelman 




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     Old Man's War by John Scalzi



  Radioactive by Lauren Redniss



 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot



  One For the Money by Janet Evanovich