Library

The Allen and Elizabeth Becker Library is a vibrant center for research, study and collaboration at the heart of St. Stephen’s campus.

The St. Stephen's Becker Library is a welcoming environment that provides a wealth of print and electronic learning resources to our whole community.

Becker Library provides computers for general use and wireless service throughout the building. Our onsite computer lab is a useful space for classes, meetings and conferences. We take great pride in our print collection and enjoy making reading recommendations to all.

Our librarians teach information literacy skills, collaborate with instructors, and assist classes and individuals with all aspects of research. Throughout the year, we plan special programming for the community. Library outreach includes orientation sessions, academic strategy sessions, author visits, student field trips, fun literary events and book discussion groups.

To contact our librarians, please email Cynthia Bartek (cbartek@sstx.org) or Michelle Andrews (mandrews@sstx.org).  For general research questions, please use the Becker Library Help Desk Form

Friends Of Becker Library

The Friends of Becker Library Committee includes all parents who volunteer in various ways to support the library. The committee plans and supports major school-wide events, including book fairs and the biennial Literary Festival.

Parent and Alumni Book Group

The Parent and Alumni Book Group meets one Wednesday each month at 1:30 p.m. Until further notice, all meetings will be online. All St. Stephen's parents and alumni are welcome to join us! Please email cbartek@sstx.org for a link to these virtual meetings. The dates and books chosen for the 2020-2021 academic year are:

September 9 - This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger
October 14 -   The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea
November 11 -  Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
December 9 -  NOTE: this meeting is a VIRTUAL Holiday Celebration at 5:30 p.m.  We will discuss a "classic" book of the reader's choice 
January 13 - 
The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
February 10 -
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett  
March 24 - 
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson 
April 14 - The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
May 12 - Orientalism by Edward Said




* Here is a list of our reading selections from past years.

Becker Library Book Fair


Shop the best holiday reading, including recommendations from faculty and staff members.  Shopping is not limited to the SSES selections, so pick up books and gifts for everyone on your list!  A portion of the proceeds benefits Becker Library.

Book Talks

Join us ONLINE on December 4 at 9:00 a.m. as our guests, Penguin/Random House Reps Liz Sullivan, Emily Smolarek, and Brian Contine talk about their favorite new books of the season!  Don't miss this enlightening and entertaining event!  Grab your coffee and have fun learning what's new in the literary world.

Join Zoom Meeting - Penguin/Random House Reps Book Talk
https://zoom.us/j/95675291831

Meeting ID: 956 7529 1831
Passcode: BookTalk
 

Becker Library Literary Festival

Another exciting event sponsored by the Friends of Becker Library is the biennial Literary Festival.  On January 27, 2021, a wide variety of notable writers will visit St. Stephen's virtually and give presentations about their writing to our students. Every student attends two presentations of their choice.  We are grateful to our chair, Marianna Sher, who is helping to bring this enriching literary event to our community!
Address: 6500 St. Stephen's Dr., Austin, TX 78746
Phone: (512) 327-1213