Our librarians are always happy to help visitors to the library with their questions. St. David's libraries welcome all members of our school community to come and browse our collection. For parents looking for advice about which books or media is appropriate for their child, the library staff offers these websites for guidance.
St. David's subscribes to the following databases for our school community. We encourage students to use these reliable resources in their academic research. Passwords are available via the St. David's School portal and from the library staff.
+ For elementary level and above
- +WebPath Express
- American Government
- American History
- World History - Ancient and Medieval Eras
- World History - The Modern Era
- +Amazing Animals of the World
- +America the Beautiful
- Encyclopedia Americana
- Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia
- +Grolier Online
- Lands and People
- +New Book of Knowledge
- New Book of Popular Science
- Salem History Online
- Salem Literature Online
Virtual libraries open up a world of resources in all disciplines. There are a number of locations on the web that are useful for students doing research, studying or just looking for a book to read. The following is a sampling of websites we have found appropriate for students.
Wake County Public Libraries provides free access to eBooks and eAudiobooks from OverDrive and NC LIVE. At the home page, click on Download Library. Be sure to have your library card and pin number handy.
International Children's Digital Library has a free library of over 4,000 digitized children's books in 59 languages from around the world. The eBooks are for children ages 3-13.
Open Culture brings together high-quality cultural and educational media, including 600 free eBooks, along with hundreds of free movies, online courses, audio books, and more.
Open Library is a project of the non-profit Internet Archive, providing access to many public domain and out-of-print books. Includes 1.7 million scanned versions of books and records for millions more.
Project Gutenberg is a digital library of over 53,000 free eBooks. Includes audio books.
Parents looking for information regarding television shows, books, music or video games will find the following links helpful when evaluating media for the children.
Are your children begging to see the new movie that has just come out or asking for a fun new app for their iPad? As a concerned parent, you are undoubtedly doing a bit of research to find out if the movie or app is appropriate for your child. Among the helpful reviewing sites for parents is Common Sense Media, an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that reviews movies, TV shows, songs, books, video games, apps and websites. Their staff uses child development guidelines to evaluate media, and ratings are given based on age appropriateness as well as quality. The website provides lots of helpful information for parents. Of course, you are the expert on your child, and you will want to determine whether or not a specific movie, book or app is appropriate based on your family values.
Focus on the Family’s Thriving Family website provides reviews of children’s fiction books to help parents determine the appropriateness of a book for their child. The following topics are addressed for each book: plot summary; Christian beliefs; authority roles; other belief systems; profanity/graphic violence; kissing/sex/homosexuality; awards; and discussion topics. Thriving Family also has a section of reviews for beginning reader through junior novels (ages 4-7) and a list of family-friendly picture books. A link to Focus on the Family's Plugged In provides access to reviews of movies, music, games and TV shows. Plugged In’s free mobile app is available from the App Store and from Google play.
Goodreads, whose mission is to help people find and share books, bills itself as the world's largest site for readers. Included are 50 million book reviews by individual readers. Sections include: Readers' Choice Awards; Discussion Groups; Quotes; Ask the Author; and more. A social networking component (free to sign up) allows readers to connect with friends and to build personal bookshelves of books they are currently reading, want to read, and have read. Aspiring authors may share their work and get feedback from other readers.