Our Program

Fifth- and sixth-grade students participate in a literary appreciation, academic research, and information literacy unit taught by the Upper School Librarian as part of their HEART* class. In this unit, students engage with literature to develop a stronger understanding of themselves and others, practice identifying and using relevant academic resources (both print and digital), and learn how to use and create information responsibly.

Seventh- and eighth-grade students visit as needed for class projects, and to continue developing competency in the use of print and digital informational sources. Additional classes are planned collaboratively between the Upper School Librarian and subject teachers.
*HEART, which stands for Health, Emotional Awareness, Responsibility, and Time Management, is a social-emotional learning class taught by the Upper School specialists.

Our Space

The Library welcomes Upper School students for independent research, study, and recreational reading. In addition to scheduled class time, the Library is open to students each recess and lunch for structured activities and individual exploration. Students will find bean bag chairs, board games, and special recess activities including crafts and STEM projects.

Our Schedule & Staff

Fifth and sixth graders visit the Library once a week during their library-based HEART unit, and all Upper School students visit on a varied schedule according to individual, class, and assignment needs. Teachers may also schedule visits to the Library for projects and research.
Teacher-Librarian: Michelle Loomis — contact at 415.751.0177, ext. 337 or michelle.l@kdbs.org

Work schedule: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Michelle Loomis

    Michelle Loomis 

    Upper School Library and Digital Media Specialist
    415.751.0187, ext. 337
  • Photo of Maria Shuman

    Maria Shuman 

    415.751.0187, ext. 264
Burke's mission is to educate, encourage and empower girls. Our school combines academic excellence with an appreciation for childhood so that students thrive as learners, develop a strong sense of self, contribute to community, and fulfill their potential, now and throughout life.


An independent K–8 school for girls
7070 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94121
Phone: 415.751.0177 Fax: 415.666.0535
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