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Library Mission Statement

The mission  of the Catholic school elementary library program is to support and extend all curriculum areas. In collaboration with faculty, we strive to prepare students to become effective users of information and literate life long learners. The library curriculum serves as a framework for teaching research strategies; developing skills to analyze, evaluate, interpret, and communicate information and ideas; fostering an appreciation for literature, promoting reading for pleasure, and encouraging independent learning experiences. This framework acknowledges the gospel message and nurtures our Catholic heritage.

Reading Olympics

Chester County Reading Olympics is a countywide reading event that encourages students to increase the quality and quantity of books they read for enjoyment.  The Reading Olympics Program is based upon the belief that good reading habits form the foundation for a productive and successful life.  Each Spring, over 2,300 students representing every district in Chester County, charter, and parochial schools participate in the Chester County Reading Olympics. St. Agnes students form teams to read 45 books to prepare for the culminating event. The teams come together at several locations around the county to answer questions about the books. The teams accumulate points for every correct answer during three rounds of questioning earning each team member a blue, red, or white ribbon based on the number of points their team has earned.

Summer Reading

St. Agnes School believes that summer reading is important for students. Regular reading, especially for enjoyment, helps children with vocabulary, comprehension, imagination, and problem solving and allows all of us to open our imaginations and dream. Each spring Mrs. Egger and our teachers research to find just the right selections to share with students during the summer months. Each grade 1-8 have a fiction and non-fiction book along with a “study guide” activity for each book to complete. This is to help them remember the story. Each teacher uses the summer books for opening week activities.


missing-Student ID-13Mrs. Deborah Egger

Mrs. Egger has been teaching at Saint Agnes for 23 years.  She holds a B.S.from Millersville University and a M.S. in Educational Leadership from Neumann University. She has been a member of the Archdiocese Library Curriculum Committee for 20 years. Mrs. Egger automated the school library in 1996 and continues to move forward in making it a 21st century library. She enjoys coordinating the Reading Olympics event as it allows the Saint Agnes readers to shine. Mrs. Egger has two children that have also attended Saint Agnes School. She lives in West Chester with her husband, John.