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Lower School Library

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 15,000 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.

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.

Library Hours:
Monday: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Visiting Author

On February 20th, the Penn Charter Lower School welcomes George O'Connor, a children's author, illustrator, and cartoonist. He is best known for his critically acclaimed, New York Times-bestselling series Olympians, which re-tells classic Greek myths in graphic novel format. So far, O’Connor has published 10 of the 12 planned Olympians comics, with the series beginning in 2010. He is also the bestselling author of Kapow!, his first picture book, published in 2007. O’Connor has also worked on the graphic novels Journey into Mohawk Country (2006) and Ball Peen Hammer (2009) and written and illustrated several picture books. Mr. O'Connor is part of Penn Charter's Distinguished Speakers series.


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.


Students may borrow up to five books/magazines 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.

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.

Contact Us: 215-844-3460

Linda O'Malley, Librarian
ext. 157,

Leticia Carter, Assistant Librarian
ext. 157,

Judith Hill, Director of Libraries
ext. 168,

Penn Charter

A Friends School for Girls and Boys, Pre-K to 12

3000 West School House Lane Philadelphia, PA 19144 215.844.3460
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