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Our Library & Philosophy

Encouraging lifelong reading and 21st century skills

The Inly Library has a rich selection of reading materials that reflect our school community and the increasingly diverse world in which our students live. The goal of the library’s collection, like our school-year literature program, is to encourage lifelong reading, enhance learning, and nurture respect for all people. 

As educators, we are looking at how the world is transforming and what skills our students will need to be discerning and thoughtful citizens. One thing is clear: no matter their vocations, they will need to synthesize information, make connections, and think critically.

Focusing on reading, understanding and critical thinking

When our students graduate at the end of 8th grade, they will have met the Wild Things, Charlotte and Wilbur, and Ponyboy and Sodpop, along with new characters who will inspire and challenge them. As Inly graduates, they will be knowledgeable about the past and ready to embrace the future.

Our library holdings include:
  • 10,000 volumes on our shelves
  • Extensive reference book collection

Teaching library and research skills, integrating technology

Children's House Preschool Curriculum: Preschool students visit the Inly Library on a regular basis. During their visits, they select books to bring home and often enjoy stories read to them by a parent volunteer or the Librarian. 

Lower Elementary Curriculum: In grades 1–3 we stress library skills and include a basic instruction to technology as it relates to classroom work. Library classes are held each week. Third-grade students spend an additional 30 minutes each week for formal library skills instruction.

Upper Elementary Curriculum: In grades 4–6 students spend 30 minutes a week either with the Librarian or Technology Integrationist working on classroom initiated projects. In the Library they learn note-taking skills and how to use and evaluate source materials. To integrate technology with curricular projects, students learn how to use digital tools such as word processing, drawing, presentation, database, spreadsheet, digital image manipulation and mixed media.

Middle School Curriculum: The Library and Technology curriculum for Middle School continues to build on these skills, especially as they relate to interpretation of material and evaluation of sources. Students work with the Technology Integrationist to develop more advanced technology skills, with the goal of having an electronic portfolio of their work upon graduation.

Meet the Staff

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Shelley Sommer

    Shelley Sommer 

    Head Librarian & Literature Teacher
    781-545-5544 x112
  • Photo of Mary McKelvey

    Mary McKelvey 

    Assistant Librarian
    781-545-5544 x112

Inly School

46 Watch Hill Drive | Scituate, MA 02066
Tel: 781-545-5544 | Fax: 781-545-6522
Welcome to Inly, a private, independent Montessori school with innovative programs that inspire toddlers, preschool and K-8 students to become independent, lifelong learners. Our inviting community draws students from 20 towns on the South Shore of Boston,
including Scituate, Cohasset, Hingham, Norwell, Hanover, Marshfield, Pembroke, Plymouth and Hull.
Inly School admits students of any race, color, religious affiliation, national and ethnic origin, and without regard to disability, to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at our school. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious affiliation, national and ethnic origin, or disability in the administration of our educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school administered programs.