The Library - A Hub of Inquiry
As an IBO World School, inquiry-based learning is the core of the CIS curriculum. The resources and expertise at our school Libraries make them the hub of inquiry at CIS.
The Library is a changing and dynamic place. A teacher librarian is an integral part of the daily busy life of every CIS student, from the smallest to the oldest student. Everything we do is aimed at meeting the educational needs of students and staff and enriching our PYP (Primary Years Programme) and MYP (Middle Years Programme) curriculum. We also aim to stimulate interest in literature, to meet the recreational reading and research needs of our learning community, and to encourage independence in literacy.
Our teacher-librarians are specialists who work collaboratively with teachers to develop students inquiry, information literacy and literature skills. Together with the library technicians and assistants of our library team, our teacher-librarians make the Library an integral part of the busy, daily life of the CIS community.
The Library offers books, magazines and electronic resources to help students with investigations in subject areas. All areas in the Library are designed to actively stimulate students' curiousity and love of learning. The multilingual literature in our collections is a reflection of the cultural diversity of the CIS school community.
In an effort to help students' better process and more efficiently utilize the information they find, CIS subscribes to several different online databases and help sites. From the Library database, students can access materials housed in our Library, Webpath Express (an integrated, safe search engine), EBSCO online periodical warehouse, the Teen Health and Wellness database, Newsbank global news resource, and Noodletools, our subscription "smart research" site. Noodletools helps students organize and document their research, track their sources and streamline their work. By the time students reach the Middle Years Programme, conducting research should be second nature.
The Library Database can be accessed here.
Weekly Book Exchange
Students from ECE to Grade 8 have weekly book exchange periods during which they may borrow books. Of course, students are always welcome to drop in and browse before and after school.
Library Opening Hours
Library hours are 8.00am to 4.30pm each day.