The Pauline Trask Library plays a central role in the life of the Lower School. Its beautiful facility serves the pre-kindergarten through fifth grade community of learners and contains a well-updated collection of 12,700 books, 30 children's magazines, and a rich assortment of electronic resources. Its mission is to promote a love of reading and to ensure that students become effective, ethical users and sharers of information and ideas.
In addition to their scheduled classes, students may use the library on their own time during the day, with their teacher’s permission, and after school, when accompanied by a parent or guardian. Teachers bring their classes to Trask Library, in addition to scheduled library classes, primarily during research projects. Students conduct their research using Trask's print and electronic resources.
The library also serves as an “information commons” for Lower School, and is often the site for special meetings that take place throughout the school year.
Find books and database resources in the online catalogue
AccessIt Online Catalogue
Choose GuestTrask to see our catalogue, or log in with your Penn Charter email address.
Students can conduct research or look for books while at home.
Databases When at Home
Requires passwords or logging in to the student's Google Docs.
Students in grades pre-K – 2 may borrow up to five books/magazines at a time. Students in grades 3 – 5 may borrow up to nine at a time. Material is signed out for a two-week period and can be renewed. Notices requesting return of overdue items are sent home via email as a gentle reminder to return materials so that others may use them. Students are not charged late fines; however, families are billed for lost and damaged materials.
The library has an active crew of volunteers who help with many different aspects of the program. Community members interested in volunteering in the library can stop by after school or email Linda O'Malley.
A Community Resource
Parents, guardians and family members are welcome to visit the library after school and may borrow materials. Students must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver while using the library after school.