The CAIS Library is an important and fundamental part of the teaching-learning process.
The CAIS Library has a friendly and relaxing atmosphere. It strives to help children, young people and the whole school community to find reliable information, use the information effectively, and collaborate productively with others. In 2018, the library was completely refurbished and expanded to offer additional spaces for the different age groups.
The CAIS Library is an integral and fundamental part of the teaching-learning process. The library offers over 42,000 printed resources from books to magazines, in additional to subscription databases from Raz Kids, BrainPOP, JSTOR, Britannica, and Infobase.
The library staff seeks to encourage students to become lifelong learners by promoting a love of reading and by teaching the skills necessary to effectively access and evaluate resources in order to meet academic and personal needs.
The Primary library program
The Primary library program is a learning hub that serves to inspire and guide learners on their personal learning pathways. As a result of this, student voice and choice are prevalent through our practices and library lessons and routines. We believe that students have the right and responsibility to check out materials that will best fit those learning pathways. Primary students visit the library on a regular schedule to find books and attend lessons on independent book choice, research and inquiry practices, and other activities to support literacy growth.
The Secondary library program
The secondary library program focuses on two basic goals, research skills and reading. Through an embedded program, the library supports the secondary students in understanding and practicing ethical use of information, including academic honesty and digital citizenship. In collaboration with MYP and DP teachers, the library provides extensive teaching and learning opportunities and resources to support the development of research skills essential not only for the IB program requirements like the Personal Project and Extended Essay, but also to navigate an increasingly complex information landscape beyond the classroom.
Reading is foundational to academic success and personal development. The CAIS library collection supports the secondary curriculum as well as a culture of reading. Through reading promotion programs, clubs, and conversations, the library team connects readers with books they love. We believe that books can spark curiosity, inquiry, as well as connections to ourselves and others. Secondary students are encouraged to help shape the library program and collection by participating in feedback surveys.