A strong reading program is one of the hallmarks of the BDS program, and the hub of this program is our library. With nearly 13,000 titles, the Maude Sharpe Powell Library serves all BDS students. Our PYC students are first introduced to the library through a special story time each week. All students are encouraged to check out books to take home and read. Each year, a student’s involvement with the library grows. Second Graders learn about the non-fiction section of the library in their “Around the World” unit that features reading books about various locations on the planet. Third Graders and up participate in the “Accelerated Reader” program. Unlike other schools, BDS customizes the program for each and every student through book level guidelines, as well as individual reading and comprehension goals.
The popular “Battle of the Books” program is also a part of our library services to students. BDS is proud of its multiple wins earned over the years in the Middle School Battle of the Books competitions. And we are proud of all our Battle team members. The level of reading skill and comprehension gained through highly experienced coaching and practice provides students with capabilities that are applied in the classroom. And this experience is not limited to Middle School students. Starting in 2010, BDS fielded an Elementary Battle of the Books team, (E-BOB). For the past two years, our E-BOB team has been the North Carolina Independent School State Champions.