Elementary Library/Garden

We Read and Grow!

Haldane’s unique Read and Grow program brings literature and curriculum to life through experiential learning. Our younger learners enjoy picture books with an introduction to chapter books and library organization. Upper elementary students delve deeper into literary genres and research skills. Monthly outdoor lessons take place in our school garden, forest pond classroom or around campus. Outdoor activities often correspond directly to the curriculum, though students are also given freedom to explore and discover on their own.

Barring schedule conflicts, students browse and borrow from our school library collection every week.

  • Students may borrow two books of their choice each week.
  • Books are checked out for one week at a time.
  • Students who wish to renew their books still need to bring them in on library day. Unless another student has requested the same title, books may be renewed this way for several weeks.
  • Books that are not returned on Library Day may not be exchanged for new books. A student may choose books, though. We will hold them at the library desk for one day. When the previous week’s books are returned the student may check out the books chosen the day before.
  • If library books are lost or damaged, families pay the replacement cost or supply a brand-new copy of the book. If a book is not returned after several weeks the library will send home a slip indicating the cost.

We do our best to help your child choose books that are appropriate for their reading level and will nurture a love of literature.

Our school garden and forest pond classroom were created by parent volunteers to benefit all students. Garden and outdoor activities enhance curriculum as children use their whole body and all of their senses to explore, imagine,discover and learn. As the particular date of the monthly outdoor lesson is subject to weather and other variables, students should always come prepared to be outdoors on their Library/Garden special day. Consider precautions for tick prevention, sun exposure, insect repellant and foot and headwear. Tick and poison ivy awareness are emphasized at all grade levels.

Reach Out to Us

For more information on the Read and Grow program, contact:

Ms.Llewellyn, 845-265-9254 x140


For more information and updates on the school garden, visit:

www.growinghaldane.com and/or “like” Growing Haldane on Facebook.

These pages, like the school garden, are maintained by parent volunteers.

Library Resources

Books We Love

Who read it?

Mrs. LeMon

Who will love it?

Kindergartners who love making new friends.


Mrs. Wilde


1st Graders who love parties.


Ms. Satterlee


3rd Graders who love pets and new inventions.

Library Learners & Garden Growers

As part of their geography unit, Mrs. Satterlee's 3rd graders braved the cold and went on a scavenger hunt to locate plants in the school garden from all 7 continents! These intrepid explorers worked in groups to navigate their way to specific plants, using their knowledge of landforms and directions, even using compasses!

For students interested in learning more about the history of "Plant Hunters" and the dangers they faced traversing the globe to discover new plants, check out this book by Anita Silhavy.

Food Day! This garden food was picked when the rain briefly let up. Students discovered that before school even started they had enjoyed food from several continents and all regions of the US. We are exploring the benefits and costs of our global industrial food system. www.foodday.org

Logo design by

Jennifer Zwarich

of Black Dash Studio