Mr. Jorge Luis Borges, the former Director of the Argentine National Library and famous writer, had a lifelong love of reading. For Mr. Borges, the library was his universe and paradise. At THIS, we also want to create a reading paradise for our staff and students – a haven where everyone can expand into their studies and grow their minds through imagination and exploration.
As the UNESCO School Library Manifesto states, “School libraries serve the teaching and learning of all people. School libraries provide the information and ideas that are the foundation for people to function successfully in today’s information and knowledge society. School libraries nurture students’ skills for lifelong learning, develop their imaginations, and enable them to become responsible citizens.”
At THIS, our librarians are not only responsible for the daily maintenance of the library space and the book collection, but they also provide instruction. From time to time, our librarians will find a book that may have been forgotten in a corner or had been languishing on a shelf to reintroduce to students. By piquing their curiosity and interest, these once-forgotten books just come back to life. Our librarians lead our students to new and exciting paths through these great literary finds. These gems become the key to unlocking our students understanding of the world and enriching their imagination.
For the primary division, Stephanee spends Story Time with the children going through the books introducing them to the characters, plots, and knowledge. Additionally, the primary students are taught on how to use the library, how to search for books, how to understand the accuracy of information, and how to use the Internet safely. These may seem, at first, like procedural learning, but over time, as students move into higher grades, they will discover that these lessons have helped them discover their interests in reading and have given them good reading habits and effective study skills.
For secondary division, in addition to attending classes hosted the library and checking out books and resources, some students are actively engaged in its redesign and improvement. They discuss with Nathalia the functions, needs, and challenges of the library. For example, this semester, the secondary students have helped create specific library zones where the needs of different grades are addressed such as placing the lower shelves at the entrance to make it easier for younger students to access books and retrieve library resources.
At THIS, the library is a real learning space and also a digital space. Through reading, querying, researching, thinking, imagining and creating, students can realize the transformation of information to knowledge, and gain personal, social and cultural growth. It is an information space, a teaching space, a technological space, a social space, and a digital citizenship center and a cultural center.
In the library, librarians will select different types of books for students, and if they find a book forgotten in a corner or languishing on a shelf, they will pull it out and read and discuss it with the students. Sometimes these books are read during Story Time for primary students. As the children’s interests in reading grow, the forgotten books seem to come back to life. During Story Time, the children take their curiosity on a reading journey, and the librarians lead them to new and exciting paths to find great works that have been nearly forgotten. Books become the key to unlocking their understanding of the world and enriching their imagination.
Our THIS librarians are always thinking of ways to make the most of the library. They want to create a learning space where everyone feels welcomed and where everyone can find something of interest to read and learn about.
At THIS, our warm and comfortable library is open to students and teachers all day long. If students arrive early before school, Stephanee will take them to the library. In addition, the library is open until 5:00 p.m. every day and until 5:30 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Friday. We hope that the library will truly be a reading haven, whether it is during lunch break or after school, where everyone can come in and enjoy a book at any time.
THIS is characterized by its bilingualism in both English and Chinese, and has always been committed to fostering outstanding international talents who have roots in China, own global competence, and make positive contributions to the world through the international education that blends East and West. Bilingualism is not only about language teaching, but also about the integration of Chinese and Western cultures. This is fully reflected in the teaching of librarians, in the library’s book collection and activities, and in the school care of the students’ growth.
The THIS library represents the cultural achievements of the school, records the growth of the school family, and provides insight into our bright future. Let’s read together, enjoy the fun of reading, and let the fragrance of books accompany our growth!