About the Library

Amy Parente
Amy Parente, Librarian
Lora Shelly
Lora Shelly, Library Assistant









Welcome to Arlington Traditional School Library!

The ATS library is a caring and welcoming environment that promotes a love of reading and empowers students to be lifelong learners and critical thinkers while effectively navigating a multitude of resources. The library staff strives to:

  • Foster an excitement for and love of books and research
  • Provide current print and multimedia resources to teachers, students, and families that support the APS and state-wide curricula
  • Instruct students in the usage of online databases and appropriate search engines while imparting library and research skills
  • Establish an attractive, student friendly environment in which students and staff will become effective users of ideas and information
  • Act as a lead with technology
  • Work collaboratively with the ITC to teach responsible Digital Citizenship skills

The library staff believes that the “library is the heart of the school” and endeavors to promote that philosophy through ATS’ schoolwide practice of the ABC’s of character. Students begin checking out books on the very first day of school. It is decorated in an engaging manner to peak student interest. Displays and bulletin boards draw students’ attention to varied library resources and special events. Lessons are designed in collaboration with teachers to enhance curriculum objectives.

All students at ATS have the opportunity to check out books once a week during their scheduled library class time. Additionally, the library is open for a half-hour at the beginning of the day for open check out. Students may ask their teachers at any time to come to the library for books.All books have a two week circulation period, but PreK and Kindergarten students are encouraged to return their books each week in order to learn good library habits. With close to 2,000 books being circulated on a weekly basis, we work hard to ensure that books are circulating smoothly and properly shelved. Books that are lost or damaged will need to be paid for by the end of the school year and families will be notified through a note home.




Thank you so much @ats_pta for your generosity! We now have an exciting new book return for our amazing readers to use when bringing back their books! Today was another great day of getting books to our ATS stars at distribution! @APS_ATS @APSLibrarians https://t.co/RZqxJ5pivF
Published October 26, 20 11:53AM


So excited to distribute Reading Carnival bags today! We are so proud of our PAWsome students’ summer reading accomplishment! Remember to wear your shirt this Friday for our virtual celebration! @APS_ATS @APSLibrarians https://t.co/7GgujJRsKw
Published October 05, 20 6:00PM


So excited to get some library books out to our PreK-1st graders this week! Hope you enjoy Mrs. Parente’s “Pawsome Picks” 😊 Thank you for your patience and we hope to add other grades soon! @APS_ATS @APSLibrarians https://t.co/QCkv2XOOF7
Published September 30, 20 11:27AM


Hello ATS Stars! We are so excited to see what amazing books you have read and what good deeds you have accomplished for our Paws to Read challenge this summer! Finish up those logs and be ready to share them when we virtually return! @APS_ATS @ats_readingroom @APSLibrarians
Published August 25, 20 1:53PM