The LREI Library enriches and supports the school’s progressive program. Our mission, in line with LREI’s mission, is to encourage students to become lifelong learners who are excited to read and research. We offer a rich collection of print and digital material
that celebrates the diversity of our community and challenges students to engage in the global community.
Our librarians are leaders in their field. They connect students with resources they need for class projects and books they can’t put down for their free time. We encourage reading aloud to early readers as well as high-level readers, something that starts in the Marie Weiss Reading Room in the Fours and continues through High School.
Library Mission Statement
|The LREI library seeks to implement, enrich and support the innovative educational program at LREI through access to resources and development of curriculum; and to improve reading and research skills through teacher training, collaboration, and traditional library education practices. The library also seeks to encourage reading as a pleasurable, recreational activity by providing a large selection of age appropriate, engaging fiction and non-fiction, and by presenting on-going educational and entertaining library programming to students of all ages. We take seriously our charge of creating life-long readers.|
Sixth Avenue (Lower and Middle School)
M-TH: 8:00-5:30 F: 8:00-3:45
Students in the Fours through the Sixth Grade must be accompanied by an adult before and after school. Your friendly librarians at Sixth Avenue are Jennifer Hubert, Stacy Dillon and Jesse Karp.
MT&F: 8:00-3:45 W: 8:00-4:30 TH: 8:00-5:00
The library is open to students whenever they are free unless a class has scheduled the library. Students with a study may use the library with permission from their study teacher and the librarian. Your friendly librarian at Charlton Street is Karyn Silverman.
Lower School Librarian
Queen's University at Kingston - B.A.H.
McGill University - M.L.I.S.
Stacy came to LREI after several years in New York City's public libraries where she worked both as a young adult librarian and as a children's librarian. Her experiences there were as varied as the neighborhoods where the libraries were: from running double dutch workshops, and zine writing workshops, to teaching computer skills and providing reference services. Stacy is passionate about children's literature and has been blogging about it since 2005 (first with her blog Booktopia, and then Welcome to my Tweendom). Stacy is active in the American Library Association having served on several national committees including Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers, Grant Administration and the Newbery Award. She reviews books professionally for School Library Journal. In her free time Stacy enjoys canning, spending time at the lake, and curling up with a good book.
Jennifer Hubert Swan
Middle School Librarian and Director of Library Services
212-477-5316, ext. 256
Olivet Nazarene University - B.A.
Wayne State University - M.L.S.
Jennifer has been the Middle School librarian at LREI since 2000. Besides being a self-described book addict and enthusiastic sixth grade advisor, she teaches library and research skills in collaboration with classroom teachers and grade level teams. Her passion for reading carries over into her life outside of LREI, where she writes book reviews for several professional journals, maintains a popular book review website for teens that has been online since 1998, and teaches a young adult literature class every spring at Pratt Institute. In addition, Jennifer has served on several national youth book award committees through the American Library Association. She is also the author of Reading Rants: A Guide to Books that Rock! published by Neal-Schuman. When not reading or writing, Jennifer enjoys quilting, social networking, and eating out in New York City's amazing restaurants.
Jesse Karp '87
Early Childhood and Interdivisional Librarian
212-477-5316, ext. 256
NYU - B.A.
Pratt Institute - M.L.I.S.
In addition to library classes for Fours, Fours-K and Kindergarten, Jesse also runs the comic book club for seventh and eighth grades. He is a reviewer for Booklist and teaches the graduate course Graphic Novels: Narrative and Sequence at Pratt Institute. He is the author of two books, the non-fiction Graphic Novels in Your School Library and the young adult novel Those That Wake. Jesse is also a very proud alumnus of LREI (class of 1987), which he attended from Fours all the way through Twelfth Grade.
High School Librarian and Educational Technology Department Chair
Kenyon College - B.A.
University at Albany - SUNY - M.L.S.
Karyn is often mistaken for the high school library, but while both are all about books, information and computers, the library doesn't move around as much. In addition to managing the print and digital collections for the High School, Karyn teaches Information Systems and Skills to all ninth graders and collaborates in classes across the curriculum, working with teachers to design projects based around technology and information. In between classes, Karyn recommends books (she prides herself on finding a match for every student's taste!), helps students with research and cloud computing, and promotes Euro-style board games to the members of the Board Game club, which she advises. Karyn is also active in the national library field and has been on a variety of book selection and policy committees for the American Library Association. In her free time, she reads, tweets, reviews for School Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews, and occasionally moonlights as a professor of Young Adult Literature.