Welcome to the Library

  • The Library is the Heart of every School.

    The GQES Library is a warm welcoming and safe environment for our students to explore and personalize their academic growth and individual interests. Our goal is to provide learning resources and recreational reading materials for students, teachers, and staff while promoting a lifelong love of reading and learning.  In addition to print books, our library offers digital resources, such as e-books and online databases, including PebbleGo and World Book Online. Students attend library class as part of the Specials rotation. The library is open during school hours.

What Are We Learning in Library?

  • The American Association fo School Librarians' Standards for Student Learning is the foundation for instruction. Library lessons are also developed to introduce, reinforce, and supplement the Virginia Standards of Learning.

    During Library Special, students are working on:

    • Finding a just-right book
    • Locating and selecting books to read for enjoyment and to read for information
    • Identifying parts of a book
    • Developing library research skills and researching topics in collaboration with classroom instruction
    • Exploring the online catalog, Destiny
    • Navigating online databases and resources such as FIND IT VIRGINIA, PebbleGo. and World Book Online
    • Learning to appreciate a variety of literature through author studies, Reader's Theater, music, and movement

Reading Tips for Parents

    • Read aloud to your child.
    • Let your child read aloud to you.
    • Talk about what has been read.
    • Have a special place in your home for books.
    • Visit your public library and help your child get a library card. 


    Reading List Resource


    Reading Beyond

Our Librarian

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            Dr. Athena Michael
            Librarian, EdD, MLIS

    Dr. Michael returns to her first love "Librarianship" after spending nearly twenty-five years committed to the library profession working for industry leaders such as John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Ingram Industries, EBSCO Industries, and Simon & Schuster and actively working to promote global literacy through Committee Leadership positions within the American Library Association, American Association of Publishers, and international organizations focused on building libraries in developing countries. Dr. Michael earned an EdD from Shenandoah University in 2011 focusing her studies on collaborative librarianship—The Combined School-Public Library Model and Community Literacy.

    In 1988, Dr. Michael began her early career in librarianship as the second children's librarian at the Handley Library. Dr. Michael graduated with honors from Randolph-Macon Woman's College and received a MLIS from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Michael has a professional certificate in Book Publishing from the University of Virginia's Publishing & Communications Institute.