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A vital part of language acquisition is reading. We are very fortunate to offer a fully-automated lending library which is officially called the “KrisJann VanOpdorp Bücherei an der Deutschen Sonnabendschule Boston” in recognition of one of the library’s founding parents.

Students, teachers and parents have access to our school library throughout the academic year. It is not an understatement to say that the library serves as one of the central meeting points on Saturday mornings.

The library has a comprehensive collection of German books, magazines, DVDs, CDs and computer software for all ages. The library staff sets up an account for each new family at the beginning of the school year. Family members can check out library items by providing their last name and address. The library is open Saturdays during school.

GSSB Library

Set up of the Library (Helena Goessens Photography)

The library also holds two Flea Markets per school year with donated German books, DVDs, and CDs. Parents can also enjoy the Kaffee-Ecke, where baked goods and hot drinks are sold. Funds raised at these events are used to acquire new books, movies and software, and for special projects, such as upgrading library equipment.


Families not associated with the GSSB can become library members – for information, please email


  • Founded: in 1993 by parents as “Deutsche Elternbücherei an der Sonnabendschule”

  • Endowed to the Saturday School: in 2006

  • # of items: approx. 8,000

  • School Committee Liaison to the Library: Stephan Richter

  • Library Co-Managers: Yolyett Hohmann and Eva Yarger

  • Library Hours (on regular school days): 9:15AM to 12PM.

  • Semi-Annual Fleamarket: once in fall and once in spring

Library Mission, Milestones and Lending Policies

The library is valued by teachers, students and parents alike. It has grown over its now more than 25 years of existence. It is continuously updated through the acquisition of new and popular items. Here are links to the Library’s current mission, its lending policy and a collection of its milestones since it was founded in 1993.

Library Reference Guide

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