At St. Thomas More Cathedral School, we strive to cultivate curiosity and instill a life-long love of reading in our students. Our Library program engages students with experiences designed to demonstrate that reading offers both information and enjoyment. Our librarian introduces budding readers to the concept that the library is an ideal place for exploration and discovery through a wide array of books and non-print materials. Students of all ages are encouraged to read voraciously, and our librarian ensures that the library is stocked with a diverse selection of choices for students at every reading level. Our library boasts an impressive catalog of over 16,000 print and online volumes ranging from fiction to non-fiction, biography, poetry, picture books, graphic novels and basic reference materials.

Special programs sponsored by the library to encourage reading are:

  • The Book-in-a-Bag for Pre-K and Kindergarten students
  • Author visits to school
  • 4th and 5th grade Book Clubs
  • 6th Grade Battle of the Books
  • One School, One Book Reading Program
  • Book fairs


By the time your student leaves St. Thomas More Cathedral School, he or she will have enthusiastically embraced reading as the gateway for lifetime learning!

Mrs. Mary Anne O’Rourke

BA History, Trinity College, Washington, DC

Librarian, St. Thomas More Cathedral School, Arlington, VA
Teacher, St. Thomas More Cathedral School, Arlington, VA
Teacher, Children’s Weekday Program, Arlington, VA

“It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading. Something that will stretch their imaginations–something that will help them make sense of their own lives and encourage them to reach out toward people whose lives are quite different from their own.”

Katherine Patterson

Online Resources:

STM Follett Library Catalog (searchable database of library holdings & availability)

World Book Online (online encyclopedia; user id and password required*)

Pebble Go (online encyclopedia for students in Grades PreK-3)

Pebble Go Next (online encyclopedia for students in Grades 2-4)

FINDITVA (Tumblebooks and other leveled reading resources)

Saint of the Day (Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta has said that “saints are only sinners who keep trying.” The saints have much to teach us by their example and witness to Christ’s love in an imperfect world. Learn about your favorite saints here!)

Library Research Tools:

The Owl at Perdu (MLA Formatting Guide)

RefMe (research, writing, and reference management tool)

Easy Bib (bibliography formatting tool)

Other Resources:

KidRex or KidsClick! (for safer, kid-friendly web searching)

Arlington Public Library

Alexandria Public Library

Fairfax Public Library