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.  The addition of Nook e-readers, Chromebooks, and iPads allows boys to engage in research and explore their interests on a variety of platforms.

All current students have access to an audiobook app.  Please click on the Audiobook App link below to download the app on your device.  You will need to select the St. Bernard’s School subscription.  St. Bernard’s librarians will be able to assist if you have any difficulties finding it.


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Library Hours

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

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

Due to scheduled library classes, the library is open for general use at 3:00 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and at 2:20 p.m. on Friday.  Kindergarten boys must be accompanied by an adult before school, and all Junior School boys must be accompanied by an adult after school.


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  • Roxie Munro Visits St. Bernard’s

    St. Bernard’s welcomed beloved author and illustrator, Roxie Munro on February 13, 2019.  Ms. Munro spoke with Junior School students about the non-fiction books she has written and illustrated for over thirty years. 

    She began her talk by showing the boys illustrations from some of her recent books.  She showed them insects from her book Busy Builders and explained that she used to be scared of bugs until she started researching them for this book.  Once she learned more about insects, they were no longer scary.  Her illustrations in Hatch portrayed eggs from different birds, while Slithery Snakes presented close-up patterns of snake skins before revealing the species name of each snake.  The boys were amazed by the range of colors and patterns found in nature thanks to emerald tree boas, spiny bush vipers, and coast garter snakes.
    Ms. Munro shared a sneak peek into a new book that she is working on that features coral reef fish, including the spotted scorpionfish, longspine squirrelfish, and striated frogfish.  The illustrations she showed were in progress, which gave her the opportunity to describe her working process.  She explained that she creates many pencil drawings before making one ink drawing.  She adds shadows into the ink drawing and then begins painting with colors.  She explained that when you make a book, it is important to leave space within the illustrations for the words.  She ended her talk by giving the boys a virtual tour of her studio that is located on the other side of the East River in Long Island City.
    Ms. Munro’s visit was made possible by the Kronengold Authors Fund, established in 2016 by sixteen Old Boys who wanted to honor their former second-grade teacher, Ms. Kronengold.  In his introduction, Mr. Schwartz aptly described Ms. Kronengold as a St. B’s Hall of Famer who “taught second grade here for many years and taught her students to be penetrating readers and expressive writers and forged a very strong bond with her students.  Many of her Old Boys wanted to do something in her honor when she retired, so they made it possible for writers and illustrators to come each year to speak at the Kronengold author and illustrators series.  We are very grateful to Ms. Kronengold for sharing her knowledge and wisdom over the years.”  Ms. Kronengold was delighted to be in attendance, as she has been since the fund was first established.
    Many thanks to Ms. Munro, Ms. Kronengold, and Mr. Schwartz.  Special thanks to the Old Boys who established the Kronengold Authors Fund and continue to inspire younger generations to pursue their passion of reading.

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— 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.

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