Our Program

The Lower School Library curriculum was developed in-house, informed by AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner, a framework adopted by the American Association of School Librarians in 2009. The Burke’s curriculum takes into account a world transformed by staggering change — the explosion of information; constant and instant communication; and powerful connectivity. It also takes into account the parameters of child development, the demands of independent and collaborative learning, and the transformative power of both information and literature. 
The Lower School Library curriculum proceeds in four areas that in class are inextricably intertwined. Students learn to:
  • Process information and ideas—Inquire, Research, and Think
  • Appreciate literature—Read, Respond, and Enjoy
  • Apply information and ideas—Envision, Problem-Solve, and Create
  • Self-reflect—Assess, Set Goals, and Grow
Students gain knowledge, understandings, and skills in these four areas. In addition, they develop habits and dispositions to optimize learning. The idea is to empower learners to apply what’s been learned and to understand themselves as learners.

Lower School Library experiences are integrated with classroom and specialist studies. Those experiences are designed to be developmentally appropriate, supportive of school-wide initiatives, inquiry-based, choice-driven as possible, and meaningful to students. Experiences are structured to allow students to do the following:

  • Enjoy curriculum-related books that are shared in library
  • Enjoy relaxed independent reading, sometimes from a variety of assigned categories
  • Develop the ability to choose “just right” books
  • Engage in literature and research-related activity
  • Develop knowledge, skills, and understandings related to information literacy and literature appreciation
  • Use a variety of resources—print sources, electronic sources, observation, data collection, human resources, and so on
  • Use a variety of research skills and strategies
  • Engage in both independent and collaborative learning to promote learning
  • Make connections, for example, text-to-self and research-to-self
  • Share information and ideas
  • Share the Library resources and space

Our Space

The Lower School Library accommodates classes for many learning activities — for example, hearing literature read aloud, viewing book-related videos, brainstorming around the Apple TV, practicing research skills and strategies, browsing, and borrowing. To those ends, the space has tables, chairs, and a reading area.

The Library welcomes Lower School students for independent research and study, recreational reading time, special recess activities, and individual exploration. Students can lounge in bean bags and the Burke Circ, browse through the shelves, and check out at the circulation desk. 

Our Staff & Schedule

Kindergartners come to the Library once a week for 50 minutes. First, second, and third graders come to Library once a week for 40 minutes. Fourth graders come to Library once a week for 50 minutes.

Teacher-Librarian: Karen Tang — contact at 415.751.0177, ext. 311, or karen.t@kdbs.org.

Work schedule: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Maria Shuman

    Maria Shuman 

    Library and Innovation Support Assistant
    415.751.0187, ext. 264
  • Photo of Karen Tang

    Karen Tang 

    Lower School Library and Digital Media Specialist
    (415) 751-0187x390
Burke's mission is to educate, encourage and empower girls. Our school combines academic excellence with an appreciation for childhood so that students thrive as learners, develop a strong sense of self, contribute to community, and fulfill their potential, now and throughout life.

Katherine Delmar Burke School

An independent K–8 school for girls
7070 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94121
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