Black History Month is typically a time to educate, inform and spur discussion in Huntington UFSD, but the COVID-19 pandemic has uprooted traditional activities, so a group of primary grade level librarians has developed a new online initiative.
The libraries in the eight Huntington school buildings are thriving centers of activity utilized daily by students. Each school is staffed by a New York State certified library media specialist.
The district’s collection includes more than 100,000 volumes on every conceivable topic. Huntington’s curriculum reflects state library and learning standards. The libraries are also fully equipped with computers, educational software, SMART Boards and internet access.
The district’s program for the elementary grade level features:
Primary: K-3 students have one traditional library period each week and one technology integration period. The latter may include makerspace, coding, keyboarding, research, digital literacy/citizenship or other similar activities.
Intermediate: Students in grades 4-6 receive one traditional library period each week and one technology integration period. The latter may include makerspace, coding, digital, literacy/citizenship, research, Innovation Lab (STEM only) or other similar activities.
At J. Taylor Finley Middle School and Huntington High School, library classes are arranged through subject matter teachers and the librarian. The individual libraries are open throughout the day.
The high school library is also open Monday through Thursday from 2:30 to 4:30 pm. for students to conduct research and complete projects and homework assignments. Faculty members staff the library during this time and are available to provide assistance to students.
Each of the eight building libraries maintains membership in the Suffolk County School Library System.