The Padua Academy Learning Commons is available to students before, during, and after school to study and research. Students may also explore books, online databases, and printed magazines.

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  • Environment

    The Learning Commons functions as a learning hub where students feel comfortable exploring both academic and personal knowledge queries. Students are always welcome to use the Learning Commons space to work in individual or small group settings.
  • Events & Activities

    The Learning Commons is not a typical library environment. Frequent events keep it dynamic. Padua's Library Media Specialist hosts book talks, bookmark contests, author visits, reading challenges, and much more.
  • Resources

    Padua's Library Media Specialist is available to guide students in completing research, writing citations, evaluating resources, and selecting books for reading. Databases and catalogs, as well as other supplementary tools, are available to current students 24/7 on the Learning Commons website. College-level databases such as EBSCO and JSTOR allow students to perfect their research skills. The over 6,000 books in the curated collection both challenge and entertain students.

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    Sara Walker 

    Saint Joseph's University - B.A. Political Science


The Robert E. Potter, Jr. and Jane Potter Learning Commons and Library at Padua Academy was given by Jane Potter in the memory of her son, Robert E. Potter, Jr., a longtime Social Studies teacher. 

As his friend and colleague Barbara Markham read in his eulogy:
"He wanted his students to love what he loved: the printed word and the portraiture, the landscape and the sculpture, Byzantine art and Baroque music…He wanted students to use libraries – to open a book, and not just press a key. He encouraged students to develop libraries of their own and wrote copious annotations to emulate the art of collecting."
Mr. Potter was born on June 20, 1951, and died on August 29, 2012.
Spirituality. Scholarship. Service. Sisterhood.