Schechter's two fully-equipped libraries contain more than 18,000 volumes of books for both children and adults and in both English and Hebrew. The collection supports the curriculum and offers books on a broad variety of topics, geared to children's interests as well as issues related to child development for parents. The libraries are constantly growing and developing, and include serials, computers, software, and multimedia equipment. An updated Library Selection Policy, guided by our school mission, provides the procedures for our collection development.
Librarians in each campus provide resources and opportunities for students to develop a love of literature and learn sound research skills, both of which will sustain them throughout their lives. Children in grades K-5 have weekly scheduled library classes, which feature the reading and sharing of stories, both fiction and non-fiction. Students in grades 6-8 use the library for research, borrowing books, and class learning activities. Classes and resources appeal to the students' needs and interests based on the school's mission and curricular objectives. Librarians collaborate with faculty on an ongoing basis to support the students' learning.
AARON KUSHNER LIBRARY
Shaller Campus Lower School
Aaron Kushner's intellect, wit, and capacity for friendship made him a much beloved member of the Schechter Class of 1978. But it was his courage in the face of the physical limitations imposed on him by progeria, a congenital degenerative disease, that made an indelible impression on his classmates and teachers. The beloved son of Rabbi Harold and Suzette Kushner of Natick, Aaron died at the age of 14 in November 1977. The school library was named for him shortly thereafter.
JAY ORLIN LIBRARY
Shoolman Campus Upper School
Schechter President 1982-1984
Jay Orlin, a lawyer at the law firm of Goulston and Storrs in Boston for nearly 30 years, was known among his colleagues for his strong ethical sense and analytical skills. He brought the same intensity and commitment to his activities in the Jewish community as President of the Brookline, Brighton Jewish Community Center, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Temple Emanuel (Newton), and Board member and then President of the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston. Jay and his wife Bonnie had three sons. Their son David graduated SSDS in 1981. Their son Jeffrey is the parent of one current Schechter student and one student who graduated SSDS in 2008.