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The Library Program

The Clairbourn library, which was freshly renovated in 2017, has over 15,000 volumes and extensive pre-filtered, age-appropriate on-line subscriptions. The school's intranet also includes a "Library Class" area which provides safe and useful links and information which can be accessed at school and at home. The library is a beloved place on campus for students and their parents. It is also where students learn how to source information, conduct research, gain strong literacy skills, and develop a life-long love of reading and writing.  

Visiting Authors Share their Creative Work with Students

Clairbourn's library strongly supports student literacy through an annual Book Fair event on campus which introduces students to the best books in children's literature and helps them to learn how books come into existence. Local and nationally-known visiting authors and illustrators are brought on campus each year as part of the Book Fair.

Clairbourn’s librarian is an important resource for students, whether for suggestions on books for recreational reading or for help in locating information for reports and research.  Parents are encouraged to make use of the library as well, especially to check out books to read aloud to their children (See "Hours for Parents" below).

Supporting Student Literacy

The Clairbourn library strongly supports student literacy through an annual Book Fair event and the “California Young Reader Medal Club” for Grades 4 & 5, which introduce students to the best in children’s literature.

Local and nationally-known visiting authors and illustrators are also brought on campus each year by the library and the Clairbourn Families Association (CFA). These grade-level appropriate presentations cover writing skills, storyline development, character development, editing, how to get published and promote books, and how to draw and conceptualize book illustrations.

Library Hours**

Monday - Friday*
7:45 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.

Before School
7:45 - 8:00 A.M.
After School
3:00 - 3:30 P.M.

*Hours for Parents
The library is open for parents from 7:45 A.M. to 8:00 A.M. and from 3:00 P.M. to 3:30 P.M.  At other times, the library is for students only.

**Due to COVID-19, while the school is in Remote Learning mode, the library is not open for students or visitors.

Instruction by Grade Level

Students from Junior Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5 have a weekly class visit to the library where students listen to a story or chapter being read aloud, discuss books, learn about authors, and check out recreational or curriculum-specific books.  Many library activities support classroom instruction. 

For Middle School students, the library is an ever-available resource for school and personal use, before or after school, during classes, or during study hall. Additional library time is arranged between middle school teachers and the librarian to work on special projects. 

Come Visit Us!

Clairbourn School is a coeducational, private school for students in preschool through middle school (JPK-Grade 8) that has continuously served the greater Pasadena area since 1926. We are known for excellent academics, our welcoming community, our attractive campus, and a strong record of sending graduates to top area high schools.
Private School Education for Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary School, & Middle School Grades - Serving Families in the Pasadena Area and Surrounding Cities
Clairbourn is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. (K-12 Private Schools)