The Episcopal Collegiate School campus has three contemporary libraries, each housing their own age-appropriate collections. In its seventh year of operation, the Braunfisch Stella Boyle Smith Lower School library has over 13,000 books and resources. The Erwin Middle School Library contains over 7,500 volumes and the Simpson Upper School Library houses over 7,800 volumes, bringing our total collection to over 28,000 books.
In addition to books and audio-visual materials, the libraries offer a variety of electronic resources, including databases such as Brain Pop, Facts on File, JSTOR, Literature Resource Center, NoveList Readers Advisory, Pebble Go!, and Safari Montage,
Librarians are available in each library for classroom support, instruction, readers advisory programs, and research assistance. The libraries all have technology for students convenience, in addition to wireless access throughout. All libraries are open before and after school for material checkout and study. In addition, the Lower School library hosts MakerSpace and Math Lab before school. Students in the Lower School have regularly scheduled library times, in addition to the library's before- and after-school hours.
Meredith Linder received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona in 1999. She earned a Masters in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Texas in 2003. She began her teaching career in San Antonio, Texas in Northside Independent School District as a 5th grade teacher. After teaching for 3 1/2 years, she became the librarian at another elementary school in the Northside Independent School District. In 2006, she was chosen to open a brand new school in Northside as the librarian. Meredith spent three years at that campus before beginning her adventure at the Episcopal Collegiate Lower School. She has a beautiful family, including her husband, Sean, and children Ethan, Addison, and Juliana. She enjoys being outdoors, digital scrapbooking, and of course, reading!
Mary-Brook Townsend received her BA in English from Vanderbilt University in 2004 and earned a Masters in Information Science from the University of Michigan in 2007. After receiving her graduate degree, Mary-Brook worked as the Assistant Librarian at The Ensworth School in Nashville, Tennessee for three years. At Ensworth, Mary-Brook was also the Junior Varsity Tennis Coach. She then moved to Salt Lake City, Utah where she worked as the Teaching Librarian and Technology Specialist at The McGillis School. While at The McGillis School, Mary-Brook taught both library and technology skills to students in grades K-8. She was warmly welcomed to the Episcopal Collegiate community in 2015. Mary-Brook believes that smiles, energy, and laughter should be the fuel that brings a school library to life!
Marlene Ware is Episcopal Collegiate School’s Upper School Librarian. A Maryland native, Marlene holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of Wyoming and a Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Arizona. Her professional experience has encompassed supervisory positions in academic, law, medical, and public libraries, as well as extensive experience in archives and special collections. Ms. Ware came to Episcopal Collegiate in 2004 from the Clinton Presidential Center, where she served as the Presidential Librarian. Marlene loves spending her days interacting with teenagers!