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. 

This year your child’s library/garden special class, like everything else, is a little different. For safety reasons students will not be browsing books in our school library. When circulation begins in late September, students will have their choice of books from a curated collection. Students will be encouraged to choose books by sight to minimize shared materials. Upon return, all books will be held in the library for 24 hours before returning to circulation.

Haldane’s Read and Grow library/garden program will continue to bring literature and curriculum to life through experiential learning. Class will be outdoors whenever possible. Ms.Llewellyn teaches kindergarten through fourth grade. Ms.Eckes teaches 5th grade. Circulation policies are reviewed below.

Literature and nature have so much to offer us during these challenging times. It is a privilege to read and grow  with your children. Feel free to be in touch with any questions or concerns:


Carolyn Llewellyn                                                 Elementary Library Teaching Assistant     

(845) 265-9254 x140       



Terri Eckes

Haldane Library Media Specialist

(845) 265-9254 x133                                               teckes@haldaneschool.org


Haldane Elementary School’s

BROWSE-AND-BORROW program, 2020-2021

Due to health precautions, students will choose from a limited selection of books each week. The collection will be curated for your child’s class. Requests for books that are not available during class time will be fulfilled as much as possible. Thank you for helping your child understand the limitations due to health protocols.

In general, students will have the opportunity to borrow two books per week from the Haldane Elementary School Library. 

  • Books are checked out for one week at a time. 

  • Students who wish to renew their books may do so for up to two additional weeks.  

  • Books that are not returned may not be exchanged for new books. (So, if a child forgets one book at home but brings one in, they may choose one new book to take home that week.)

  • If library books are lost or damaged, families supply a brand-new copy of the book, or pay the replacement cost. If a book is not returned for several weeks a slip will be sent home detailing this procedure. 

Educators do their best to help students select books that are appropriate for their reading level and that will nurture a love of literature.

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

Featured Books

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

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