The John M. Gandy Library prepares students to be thoughtful seekers of information. Here students discover their own personal reading interests while also developing information literacy, library, and inquiry skills. We encourage and even celebrate curiosity. In our library, students learn to navigate a variety of reference sources to answer their own questions. We aim to nurture students’ creativity where problem-solving is paramount, communication lines are open, and collaboration is a daily occurrence.

Students inside the libraryTeachers also find support in the library. Instructional resources are always available, and project collaboration between our librarian and our instructional staff is ongoing.

Stop by to see our book signings, wax museums, and author visits. Need Reading Olympics materials? They’re here! The library is home to math and science manipulatives, literature circle novels, read aloud materials, and leveled guided reading books. Providing students and teachers with quality instructional resources is our top priority.

Our library is more than books on shelves; it’s the heart of our school! 

Library Hours

7:35 a.m.–2:20 p.m.

Library Staff

Lauren Churchill, School Librarian

Contact Us

Phone: (804) 365-4652

Books on a shelfPolicies and Procedures

We encourage our students to check out books during their weekly library class; however, check-out is always open. Students may borrow books for one week unless they renew them. Students may renew books up to five times.

Borrowing Limits

  • 3rd graders may borrow two (2) books per week.
  • 4th graders may borrow three (3) books per week.*
  • 5th graders may borrow four (4) books per week.*

*Reading Olympians may borrow an additional book per week.


We assess replacement fines for all lost or damaged books. Fines must be paid by the last day of school.

Reading Olympics

Attention, 4th and 5th grade parents! Reading Olympics sign ups are now open! There are two convenient ways to sign up:

Sign ups will close on Thursday, October 3.

What is Reading Olympics?

Reading Olympics is a reading club open to 4th and 5th graders. It is designed to promote reading comprehension, teamwork, and self-confidence. Students will work with their teammates over six months to collectively read all 32 Reading Olympics books. The books range in reading levels from 3rd to 6th grades and cover many genres and topics. Each Reading Olympian is responsible to read at least five books.

Teams meet monthly to check in on the team’s progress. During this time they build camaraderie, share what they are reading, practice answering questions, make up cheers for their team, and develop strategies for the competition.

In the spring, the teams will compete in the Olympic competition. During the competition, we will ask teams questions about the books. We will award correct answers with a point and will award the top three teams with gold, silver, and bronze medals at the medal ceremony at the conclusion of the program.

What are the Requirements?

  1. Read five books from the Reading Olympics list.
  2. Complete a reading response activity from the Reading Olympics choice board.
  3. Attend five monthly meetings. 

What is the cost?

There is no cost to sign up.

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