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Sunshine State Young Readers’ Award Program | Special Occasion Book Program

A dramatic, domed library resource center is the focal point of Tampa Prep’s 150,000 square-foot complex. The Tampa Prep Peifer Library is located on the third floor of the school and serves both the Upper School and Middle School Divisions. Peifer Library resources include eBooks as well as print, periodicals, online subscription services, a variety of videos, DVDs, scanners, digital and flip cameras, a laser printer, a copier, 15 Mac computers and a SmartBoard. Sagebrush InfoCentre software, an integrated library automation software, is available for faculty and students to use to locate library materials.

The library is open every school day from 7:45 am to 4:45 pm except during assemblies and advising periods.


The Peifer Library is a vital link between the informational resources and the students and faculty who use them. The library provides timely, accurate and needed information and resources that correlate to the curricular and individual needs of the students and faculty, and evolves as their needs dictate. Peifer Library is home to approximately 10,000 print, multimedia and eBook resources. The Virtual Reference Library eBooks may be fully and simultaneously accessed 24/7. The collection also expands with easy access from the Peifer Library web site to the patron catalog of the Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco county Public Library systems. Through print, eBook, multi-media and online services and computer resources, the Peifer Library strives to enrich the students in knowledge, in enjoyment and in development of information literacy skills for the 21st century.

A Challenged Book and Library Materials Policy Committee consisting of the Head of School, the Library Media Specialist, Upper and Middle School teachers and parents, the College Counselor, the Director of Communications and Alumni Relations and the Student Council President is in place in the event that any library material is challenged.


A State Certified Library Media Specialist manages the procedures and the organization of the library and assists students and faculty with their research needs. Tampa Prep’s Technology Services Department oversees the hardware and network for the school and is available for instructional support. In addition, teachers are present throughout the day.

Volunteer opportunities are available; contact Mrs. Carole Holway, Library Media Specialist, for further information.

Online Subscription Services
The library media materials collection includes: Encyclopaedia Britannica Online, Lexis-Nexis, Oxford English Dictionary, ProQuest CultrueGrams, ProQuest SIRS Researcher, Teen Health and Wellness and several modules of Gale, i.e. Expanded Academic, Student Resource Center-Gold, Twayne Authors Series and Scribner Writer Series. Full online access is also available to local newspapers and the Virtual Reference Library collection.

Computer Programs
The library’s computer programs include the following: Internet access, Web Browser (Safari), Adobe Reader, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), Data Studio (for TI calculators), TI connect, Epson scanner software, Calculator, iWork ’09 (Keynote, Numbers, Pages) iLife ’09 (iMovie, iPhoto, iCal), DVD player, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Sound Studio, text edit and patron catalog.

Availability and Services
There is constant communication between the Library Media Specialist, the students and the faculty via e-mail and in person throughout the day to bridge any gap of what is needed and what is provided. Throughout the year, the Library Media Specialist purchases library resources to support the curriculum and to fill patron requests whether for research or general interest. Services also include individual research instruction, scheduled class research instruction, customized research handouts and resources delivered to classrooms for specific topic assignments.

Special collections are available for the Tampa Preparatory School community it serves, i.e. Parent Education cart for parents, Help Shelf books for students, college-related books for Upper School students and the Tampa Prep Authors and Artists collection.

Sunshine State Young Reader's Award Program
Middle School students who wish to participate in the Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award Program meet with the Library Media Specialist once a week during lunch to discuss the authors and titles on the Sunshine State Young Readers’ Award list. The program is conducted from October until the first week of April. At the request of the participants, the group usually continues to meet once a week until the end of the school year to discuss and sometimes read out loud the titles of the participants’ choices.

Special Occasion Book Program
The Special Occasion Book Program gives everyone the opportunity to donate a book to the Peifer Library in honor of a birthday or special occasion or in memory of someone. Choose a book from the cart in the library or the Library Media Specialist can purchase a book appropriate for the collection to be donated upon request. Contact Library Media Specialist Carole Holway with any questions at

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