The Lower School Library, preschool through grade four, and The Edward F. Simms Library, grades five through twelve, are the hubs of the Sayre community, providing for the social and academic needs of all students, faculty, and parents.
The library provides engaging and relevant services, materials, and programs to meet the diverse needs of the Sayre community. With over 20,000 non-fiction and fiction books (picture books, early readers, graphic novels and manga, audiobooks, and chapter books), and DVDs, we have something to meet each individual's interests and reading level. In addition, we subscribe to over 50 online databases to support Sayre's rigorous research curriculum.
Our mission is to support students and staff in the pursuit of effective technology use and integration and information literacy skills (locating, evaluating, using, and sharing information). We strive to ensure that everyone at Sayre has access to age-appropriate materials, activities, and programs that will foster a lifelong passion for personal growth and learning. We strongly support diversity in our teaching and learning approaches, as well as in our collection development process. We believe books should act as both mirrors of ourselves and windows to worlds, people, backgrounds, and experiences that differ from our own.
The Sayre Library follows and supports the guidelines and policies stipulated under the American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights:
"The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services.
- Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.
- Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.
- Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.
- Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.
- A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.
- Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.
Adopted June 19, 1939, by the ALA Council; amended October 14, 1944; June 18, 1948; February 2, 1961; June 27, 1967; January 23, 1980; inclusion of “age” reaffirmed January 23, 1996." (ALA Library Bill of Rights)
Thank you very much for preparing me so well for college technology!!! I was the only one in my advanced research class who could use EBSCO and Sayre taught me how.Sayre Graduate
Lower School Librarian
O: (859) 244-2711
M.S.L.S. University of Kentucky
B.S. University of Kentucky
Middle and Upper School Librarian
O: (859) 244-2710
M.S.L.S. University of Kentucky
M.A. University of Kentucky
B.A. Emory University