The vision of the Roanoke County Public School Library program is to empower students to learn technology and 21st-century skills incorporating collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, and citizenship. 


    The mission of the Roanoke County Public School Library program is to provide quality learning experiences designed to equip students with the skills to adapt and thrive in a changing global environment. The libraries extend and enhance the classroom experience: a place where students, teachers, and librarians can explore, learn, create, and collaborate. Librarians foster a love of reading and learning in addition to modeling and utilizing current technologies to assist students in becoming proficient and responsible users of information.


    Roanoke County Book Selection Policy

    The Roanoke County Public Schools library program has a book selection policy for our schools that supports the curriculum, incorporates current educational trends, and considers the needs, interests, and diversity of our students.


    When selecting books for purchase, school librarians consider professional reviews and recommended reading ages. Nonfiction books are selected based on accuracy, scope, reliability, format, points of interest, and potential use. Materials on opposing sides of controversial issues are purchased so that students may develop critical thinking skills. Fiction books are selected based on the needs of the collection, popularity, quality, curriculum-connections, and professional book reviews. Recommendations from students and staff members are encouraged and honored when possible.  Donated books must meet the same criteria as newly purchased books.




    Sarah Gleiner-Scott


    Welcome to the Penn Forest Library! I am Sarah Gleiner-Scott, the Librarian at Penn Forest Elementary. I am happy to be in my third year at Penn Forest Elementary.

    New Checkout Limits this Year:

    Kindergarten = 1 book

    1st Grade-5th Grade = 2 books

    The library is open every morning for Morning Checkout, so no one should be bookless.

    If your child loses a book, I encourage him/her to search for it for about a month, and then if he/she still is unable to locate the book, it will need to be paid for. If you find the book and return it, your money will be refunded. 

    This year there will be two Book Fairs. The Fall Book Fair will be held at Barnes and Noble Tanglewood from Friday, November the 4ththrough Friday, November 11th. Family events will take place on Friday evening November 4th from 5:30-7:30 with pajama story time, teachers reading, and free hot cocoa. Saturday November 5th from 10:00-2:00 there will be a Mini Maker Space Fair and more teachers reading.

    The Spring Book Fair will be held at Penn Forest Elementary School.  It will be a Scholastic Book Fair which will run from Monday March 27th-Friday March 31st. Family Night will be Tuesday March 28th from 5:00-7:00pm.

    Please support the Book Fairs; as they fund the Library’s budget to purchase new books.


    Happy Reading!