Take a six-foot-eight-inch, award-winning children’s author and librarian, add over 8,000 volumes (ranging from the latest must-have young adult novel to classic poetry), throw in almost 200 girls going through on a daily basis, and you would have the beginnings of what the GMS Library is like. More than just a repository for books and information, the GMS Library is part community center, part social hub, and a big part of the reason why GMS is a school where students love to read and love to talk about what they are reading. Walter Mayes (or Walter the Giant Storyteller, as he is sometimes known) has his finger on the pulse of young adult literature, and he also keeps track of what every girl at GMS reads, in order to recommend new titles or point a student toward other girls who are reading similar books. Girls come to sit and read, to browse, to research solutions to classroom and personal issues, or just to talk. The Library is a physical space, but it represents a mindset at GMS—that reading and conversation are valued.