As students work to broaden their knowledge or research a topic, the first place to go is the library. The library specialist teaches and guides the students in the use of the library for both recreational reading and academic research. The student learns to know the difference between fiction and non-fiction and read in both formats ( applies when reading historical fiction versus history ). They learn simple research skills and information gathering strategies and how to use important research tools – dictionaries, almanacs, atlases, encyclopedias, magazines, and the internet. The student also learns how to use correct bibliographic forms when citing information used for research and to become a life-long library user. The on-site Pincushion library is an important part of every child’s learning experience. The library consists of approximately 10,000 volumes arranged according to the Dewey decimal system.