The libraries at The Out-of-Door Academy continually evolve to meet the needs of the 21st century learner. The collections on both campuses are constantly improving to include a broad scope of relevant titles. The library programs serve to excite the student population about books, reading, research, and technology.
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Just eight years after The Out-of-Door Academy's inception in 1924, students built their own library. This one-room cypress structure still stands and is now used for administrative purposes. It was here that Out-of-Door's first students enjoyed stories and studied their lessons. The current library was recently dedicated to the long career of librarian Glendy Huene, named the Glendy Huene Library/Media Center on the Siesta Key Campus.
Lower School MITT Program
MITT (Meaningful Innovative Transformative Transliteracy) is an integrated technology/library curriculum. Using a design thinking framework, students learn to access, use, create, and share information using a range of platforms, tools and digital media. MITT takes place in the library where students code, explore robotics, produce videos, experience great literature, check out books, and “tinker” with ideas, inventions, and materials. We aim to provide the open environment where students can explore any topic in multiple ways.
Middle School and Upper School
The library on the Uihlein Campus combines the best of 21st century technology with the timeless joy of books and reading. Upper School students benefit from collegiate-quality databases across all disciplines for research and inquiry, while Middle School students use resource collections chosen specifically to support their learning. Students can browse the print collection of classic literature, current fiction, and nonfiction books to support pleasure reading, personal interests, and school work during the day, and can consult with the full-time professional librarian as often as they wish for guidance. Research instruction is woven throughout the curriculum across all grades, and students learn citation skills that will serve them for the duration of their academic careers. Access to the research databases is available off-campus at any time, so the library can be anywhere the student is.