The library, dedicated to the school’s founder, John C. Jenkins, has been described as the heart of the school.  It fosters a life-long love of reading and learning for the entire community.
The extensive collection includes the classics of children’s literature as well as the most recent action adventures.  It contains over 16,000 volumes, magazines, DVDs, and electronic databases.  The library provides students with a quiet place in which to read and reflect.  It is also a lively center of research and exploration. Junior School boys choose books in the relaxed atmosphere of their own reading room.  Older boys study at large tables or in individual carrels. 

Participation in programs such as the Kronengold Visiting Author series, the read-aloud partnership between grades, the Book Fair, and the Used Book Sale encourage boys to read as much as possible.  Chromebooks and iPads allow boys to engage in research and explore their interests on a variety of platforms.

All current students and their parents have access to the St. Bernard's audiobook and ebook collection.  Please click on the SORA link below to browse and select a title.  Parents are encouraged to contact Ms. Reid or Mr. Schwartz if they would like to create an account.  Audiobooks provide a unique way for families to enjoy books together.  


List of 2 members.

  • Kate Reid 

  • Guy Schwartz 

    Assistant Librarian

Library Hours

Monday - Thursday
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

The library is open for general use, i.e. parents and caregivers are welcome during the following times:
Mornings: 7:30 a.m. - 8:20 a.m.
Afternoons: 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. on Friday

Boys in Grade II and above may visit the library without a parent or caregiver in the mornings before going to their first class.  In the afternoons, boys in Grade IV and above may work in the library independently.  *Note: this year, the library will be closed to students.  Librarians will visit all classrooms on a weekly basis and ensure the boys continue to read and have books.



Kronengold Authors Lecture

In 2016, a group of Old Boys established the Kronengold Fund in honor of their second grade teacher Susan Kronengold.  The Fund brings an author to the school each year to speak to the boys.  This year the Middle School had the pleasure of spending an hour with author Jack Gantos.

Fifth grader Oliver W. introduced Mr. Gantos:

“Today we are honored to have author Jack Gantos come to St. Bernard’s.  Jack Gantos is an amazing writer who lives in Massachusetts.  He was born in Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania, and has since won multiple awards that even include the Newberry Award! Some books he has written are Dead End on Norvelt, From Norvelt to Nowhere, and the Joey Pigza series which the Middle School has read in library this year.  I like his books for its comedy, great storytelling plot, and relatability.”

Mr. Gantos talked to the boys about his experience becoming a writer.  It all begins with a journal and he implored the boys to write ten to fifteen minutes a day.  He said a blank page can often stare blankly back at you, and he showed the boys how to start a story by drawing a map of their world.  The journal is there “to be your friend, not to challenge you” and it’s ok if the content is a mess at first.  These ideas can be worked into short stories, and Mr. Gantos taught us how to add structure to raw material.  He talked us through making a list of the action and the emotional plots of story.   Mr. Gantos’s tales were a perfect fit for the audience.  The boys were hanging on to his every word.

Many boys lined up after the assembly to get Mr. Gantos’s autograph and then went up to their classrooms to start working on their journals.  We thank Jack Gantos for coming to St. Bernard’s, and we are grateful to the Kronengold Authors Fund for making this special morning possible.

New Arrivals

— Russell Pennoyer '65

Oscar Wilde, the great playwright, once wrote, Nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.’  Obviously, he didn’t have the benefit of a St. Bernard’s education.  I, on the other hand, did, and when asked about my own schooling, I often find myself wanting to answer, I graduated from Choate, Harvard, and Columbia Law School, but I was educated at St. Bernard’s.

Books by or About Old Boys