The Hiller Library serves students in grades K-8, their parents and the faculty. During the school day, students in grades K-5 meet regularly for library classes, while middle schoolers use the library to read for pleasure, collaborate in small groups, and research school assignments. All students are provided with information skills instruction, literature appreciation, and reading incentive programs such as the California Young Readers Medal Award and the Mock Newbery/Caldecott.
The library program is enhanced by residencies of nationally renowned authors, illustrators, storytellers, and puppeteers. These special event help students understand the creative process and make connections to the works of our visiting celebrities.
Kathy Ilyin began working at Bentley in 1983. Besides being the librarian, she also served as tech coordinator for several years. Ms. Ilyin has a B.A. in Russian Literature and Music Education, M.A.s in Library Science, Educational Technology, and Early Education. She has both CA Elementary and Community College Credentials. Before coming to Bentley, she taught Russian at the Defense Language Institute and she designed several school libraries in the Pacific Northwest. In her spare time, Ms. Ilyin enjoys relaxing with family and friends. Her favorite hobby is reading!
Founded in 1920, Bentley School has fostered an environment that challenges the mind, striving to bring out the best in every one of its students. Bentley School is committed to academic excellence as well as the development of character and spirit in each of its students. (Read more in the Head of School's Message.)