We are fortunate to have a beautiful library with over 14,000 books! Our library program is designed to foster a love of reading and also equip our students with library and research skills that they will use in their academic lives and beyond.
In addition to the books in our library, students may also take advantage of magazines, online databases, and the 30 computer stations in our library media center. We also have a state-of-the-art ActivPanel, an interactive board used for library lessons and presentations..
All students at OLGC have a weekly scheduled library class. In Grades K-5, students independently check out books and engage in various activities to foster their research and literacy skills. In Grades 6-8, students learn research and study skills, as well as have time to read and check out books.
OLGC Library Web Links and Resources:
Here are some links to some of our most used OLGC Library resources:
OLGC Library Online Catalog: Use this link to look up books we have in the OLGC Library for fun or for a report.
Webpath Express: You can also use the catalog to find online resources especially for student use through our Webpath Express service. After accessing the catalog:
- click on Our Lady of Good Counsel
- click on Catalog
- click on Webpath Express
Fact Cite Database: Explore this database to find interesting facts about American History, Science, and many other subjects.
Find It Virginia: Explore this website managed by the Library of Virginia which contains databases and other online learning tools for Virginians of all ages.
Fairfax County Public Library: Explore what is available on the Fairfax County Public Library website.
Accelerated Reader Bookfinder: AR Bookfinder is a great way to look for books of interest. Use this link, and do an advanced search. Use your Lexile Score to find the perfect book!.
The OLGC Library hosts two book fairs a year, one in the fall and one in the spring. Proceeds from the sales help support our library programs through the purchasing of books and other library materials.
Dates for the 2018-2019 school year are:
Fall 2019 Book Fair: November 11-15: Please join us at our Fall Book Fair! We will have a wide-variety of books and games for children of all ages. Proceeds from our book fair help to purchase many new and exciting books for our library.
Fall Book Fair Hours:
Spring 2020 Book Fair: May 29 to June 2: In Spring 2019, we held our 1st ever Summer Reading Book Fair to help families stock up on educational books and games for the summer. Parishioners were able to find age appropriate reading materials and educational games, including OLGC school required summer reading books, for preschool through 8th grade students to help keep children learning & reading all summer long. Thank you so much to all of our wonderful volunteers who organized and kept our book fair running! This year our Summer Reading Book Fair will be held on Friday, May 29; Sunday, May 31; Monday, June 1 & Tuesday, June 2.
Many volunteers make light work of set-up, clean-up, and helping students purchase books. Please consider helping us out at our next book fair...no experience necessary!