“Let children have tales of the imagination, scenes laid in other lands and other times; heroic adventures, hairbreadth escapes, delicious fairy tales, even where it is all impossible, and they know it, and yet they believe.” ~ Charlotte Mason


To give children a lifelong love of reading and learning through sharing stories and providing books that point to goodness, beauty, and truth.


Books and children are the heart of the library. Inspired by the philosophy and methods of British educator Charlotte Mason, Miss Stuart works to create an atmosphere free from artificial distractions, screens, and strict rules. Incorporating creative exploration and play-based learning, library lessons have memorable stories as their foundation. Children are encouraged to work hard using grit and perseverance to confront challenges both independently and in collaboration with friends, classmates, and Miss Stuart.


A Percy Priest alum, Miss Stuart’s favorite childhood games were school and library and so it was no surprise when she earned a B.A. in Elementary Education from the UT-Chattanooga and her Master’s in Library & Information Science from the University of Tennessee. Inspired by the beauty of the everyday and the power of story, she takes great joy in sharing books with Percy Priest students and can’t believe that she is living out her childhood dream.

Miss Stuart is a children’s literature professor at New College Franklin and writes a monthly column for BookPage magazine. If she’s not talking, writing, or thinking about picturebooks she is probably hiking with a friend, headed to a flea market, or rewatching a Nora Ephron movie.


  • Kindergarten students may check-out 1 item at a time
  • 1st-5th grade students may checkout up to 4 items at a time
  • Students may keep books for two weeks and renew them 2x
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