Library Resources and Activities

World Book online

World Book encyclopediasYou can access our school’s World Book online account at home.

Browse to

Enter the user name: stambrose1 and the password: school


Accelerated Reader

A love of reading changes everything. Accelerated Reader encourages our students: they read a book, take an AR Quiz, and get immediate feedback. Kids get excited and motivated when they see their progress.

Library Catalogs

Find books in the catalogs of the St. Ambrose School library and the Fairfax County library


Book Fair Schedule for 2016-17 School Year

Fall Fair: Thursday, November 10, 2016 – Tuesday, November 15, 2016.

  • Thursday, November 10 – Students make Wish Lists
  • Friday, November 11 – Open for sales : 8:15 – 4:00. (Students must be accompanied by an adult.)
  • Sunday, November 13 – Open for sales : 9:00 am – 1:30 pm.
  • Monday, November 14 – Open for sales : 8:15 – 3:00.
  • Tuesday, November 15 – Open for sales : 8:15 – 1:00. Pack up at 1:00.

Summer Reading Fair: Thursday, June 1, 2017 – Friday, June 2, 2017.

  • Thursday, June 1 – Students make with lists; Open for sales : 3:10 – 6:00.
  • Friday, June 2, 2017 – Open for sales : 8:15 – 2:00. Pack up at 2:00.


Battle of the Books

battle of the books meeting

Students in fifth sixth grades read books from the year’s schedule, which includes books from a variety of genres, including humor, fantasy, historical fiction, classics, mystery and nonfiction. They meet twice a month to discuss the assigned  book. Students discover that they like a variety of books, and enjoy analyzing the plot, the author’s  techniques, and the questions raised by what they’ve read.

Each May, they meet as a team to compete with other diocesan schools in the Diocese of Arlington’s Battle of the Books competition.

This program nurtures an excitement about reading,  enriching students’ love of literature.

Battle of the Books Schedule for 2016-17

Contact our librarian

Mrs. Healy in libraryContact our librarian, Mrs. Marcia Healy,  at

Learn more about Mrs. Healy by reading her biography.

St. Ambrose Catholic School

3827 Woodburn Road, Annandale, VA 22003

Phone: 703-698-7171

Fax: 703-698-7170

St. Ambrose School admits students of any race, color, and national origin.

"Christ is everything to us" – St. Ambrose