St. John Neumann Catholic School

The school library is dedicated to supporting and enhancing the mission of Saint John Neumann Catholic School while providing a wide range of learning resources to encourage a lifetime of learning and reading for pleasure.

The library is home to nearly 9,500 books, which includes a large collection of Saints’ biographies, 500 audio-visual items and 400 professional books and materials. The library is divided into a primary grade instructional area and an elementary/middle school area so that students and staff can utilize the whole library throughout the day.

The library has four computers to search the library collection and provides Internet access to approved sites. Students can take Accelerated Reader tests and access other computer programs on the library’s computers. The library uses Destiny Quest as the library search software, which is Internet based and can be accessed from a wide variety of devices anywhere, any time.

Every student from Kindergarten through grade eight has a scheduled library time each week. In addition, there is open access throughout the day to exchange books, do research, and take Accelerated Reader tests. The goals of the library program for the students are: to develop enthusiasm for the Library-Media Center’s resources; to read for enjoyment and to gain information; to use the Accelerated Reader computer program as an added incentive for students to read a variety of books and develop comprehension skills; to help students understand the routine and the responsibility of borrowing and returning library books; to teach library skills so that students can use the computerized library catalog and reference materials; and to introduce and reinforce technology skills at each child’s level so that students are able to independently use school and public libraries. A variety of literature genres is taught at each grade level. There is also an emphasis of enjoying and understanding Appalachian literature with a focus on Tennessee authors, history, biographies, trivia, and tall tales.

Each year the library is host to a Scholastic Book Fair. The school is a partner with Knox County Public Library and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.  Students also participate each summer in the Knox County summer reading program. The library is under the direction of Mrs. Diane Schukman who has over four decades of experience in elementary education, library science and remedial reading.