Dr. Martin Sleeper became the principal of the Runkle School in September, 1979. In 2000, he made the decision to retire.
Seeking an appropriate way to honor Dr. Sleeper’s love of scholarship and books, the Runkle parents and staff petitioned the Brookline school committee for the right to dedicate the library in his name.
In June, 2000, the Runkle Library officially became The Martin Sleeper Library.
The Martin Sleeper Library provides access to print and electronic resources that support the K-8 curriculum. The library program emphasizes the development of literature appreciation and of information literacy to prepare all students to become lifelong learners and critical thinkers.
Print Resources A collection of some 20,000 books, including books in Spanish, can be found in the Library. Reference and non-fiction books are specifically selected to support classroom curriculum and student research needs. The fiction section includes classics, award-winning books, and popular titles for both class assignments and pleasure reading.
In addition, books from the Brookline Public Schools Summer Reading Reference List are part of the library collection.
Electronic Resources Library computers are used as information and communication tools, providing access to a wide variety of electronic resources. At Macintosh workstations, students find books using the Destiny computerized card catalog. Students can connect to the Internet
and many online reference tools including: the World Book Online, Kids Infobits K-5, Gale Databases, Science in Context, and The New York Times. Catalyst audio books have also been added for online listening. Access to the Destiny catalog and electronic resources is also available from home computers.
Electronic resources also come in the way of hardware. There is a growing collection of Playaway audio books and a cart of iPads that students will use in the Library.
eSleeper Students can find hundreds of current non-fiction and fiction electronic books. Most of these books directly support their grade level curriculum units.
New eBook titles are being regularly ordered for our growing collection. Nearly all of the non-fiction books are unlimited access – all students in one classroom can sign out a copy.
The Library Program The library program connects classroom curriculum and information literacy through collaborative planning with teachers. Classes come into the library for curriculum-based research projects. Also, classes visit the library
during scheduled book borrowing times. This gives students the opportunity to access a broad array of independent reading materials.
Building Classroom Community The library follows the guidelines of Responsive Classroom to create a learning environment which fosters high academic and social achievement.
All Library users are responsible for returning their books on time. Overdue notices are emailed home on a regular basis.
Whether before school, after school or with their class, students who come to the library must follow both the Runkle School rules and the Library rules.
Students are expected to practice ethical behavior in regard to information and information technologies.
The Learning Community The library welcomes all Brookline staff and parents to visit the library and become familiar with its resources. Parents are invited to volunteer their time and talent at The Martin Sleeper Library.