Clagett McLennan Library

At Bement, we love our books. The Clagett McLennan Library lets students to take this passion for reading—and for studying and learning—to the next level. With a collection of 9,000 titles, 30 electronic databases and online encyclopedias, a state-of-the-art computer lab, the Grace Bement Reading Room, and the Haas Media Room Makerspace, students and teachers use the library every day to research, explore, and create.

Our younger students spend time every week with our experienced and innovative librarian and learn information literacy skills, digital citizenship, and how to relax by the fireplace with a great story. Upper school students visit the library to complement their studies, work collaboratively, or conduct research. Parents and teachers come to browse the extensive child development section.

Students in every grade are introduced to computational thinking and programming as well as an array of Web 2.0 tools. Newly reinvented in 2014, the Makerspace is a hands-on exploration center. With opportunities to design for the 3-D printer, film in front of the green screen, explore electronics with LittleBits and Snap Circuits, or build with a vast collection of LEGOs and other building materials, students of all ages can bring their imaginations to life.

Our very own library has received copies of Freeman Book Award winners for 2016 and 2017. We are grateful to the Five College Center for East Asian Studies for their generosity to local schools. Titles in the collection include The Crane Girl, Night Parade, and Every Falling Star. The Freeman Book Awards recognize quality books for children and young adults that contribute meaningfully to an understanding of East and Southeast Asia. To learn more about these titles, visit Ms.Bernard in the library, and go to!