Leah Watts Dawson Library

in the Lower School

Bright and inviting, the McDonogh Lower School Leah Watts Dawson Library is alive each day with activity, learning, and laughter. The librarian understands the needs of elementary aged children, and develops relationships that allow students to experience success in all areas of school life by supporting them in their many endeavors.

All grade levels have regularly-scheduled class time. In addition, the library is available for students to return and check out books at any time. Students in Kindergarten through grade four visit the library weekly for 30-40 minutes; the librarian visits the Pre-Kindergarten classrooms weekly. The librarian helps to develop a deep love for reading in each child. School-wide activities include story time, book talks, research projects, the Black-Eyed Susan Award program, Poem in Your Pocket Day, and a school-wide reading incentive program.

The Lower School librarian introduces students to the traditional and technological resources that put them in touch with the vast world of information that surrounds them. Librarians guide students in learning how to identify and evaluate information and help them develop critical awareness and problem-solving skills that will serve them in all areas of life.

Whether browsing through books, leafing through magazines, or exploring a topic in great depth on the Web, students find joy in learning in the Lower School library. Furthermore, students develop skills that will prepare them to be successful, happy, life-long learners.


Library Hours
Monday - Thursday 8:00am-3:30pm Friday 8:00am-3:00pm


  • Books may be checked out for one week. Periodicals may also be checked out.
  • Students in Pre-K, Kindergarten, Pre-First and First Grade may check out one book at a time. Students in grades two, three and four may check out two books. Students may renew books unless they are on reserve.
  • Students may check out and return materials any time the library is open. If no one is available to check out books, the student may leave the book on the check out desk with a note with his or her name. The material will be checked out and delivered to the classroom.
  • Fines are not charged for overdue materials. The cost of a lost book will be charged to the student’s account with a nonrefundable $3.00 processing fee.
  • Individual students may come to the library for research. Small groups are welcome if space is available. If library classes are in session, researchers are expected to exhibit appropriate behavior so as not to disrupt the class.
  • Library computers are for research and classroom assignments.


  • Although there is no due date for faculty books, teachers are strongly urged to return all materials after six weeks. Returning materials on a regular basis accommodates other teachers’ needs and the reading needs of our students.
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