Elementary Library and Creative Learning Center
Welcome to the AIS Elementary Library and Creative Learning Center, where books are just the beginning of our story!
The ES Library is open from 8:05 AM to 3:30 PM on school days. Students are encouraged to visit the library before or after school to borrow new books. All students also may visit the library during the school day with a teacher’s permission.
Jan Jones is our Elementary Librarian. Patricia Kullnigg and Bree Caunter are our Elementary Library Assistants. Please contact Jan Jones with any questions.
Each classroom visits the library once in a six-day academic cycle. During library class, students have the opportunity to borrow new books. But that’s just the first step. The elementary library also encourages a deeper understanding of books and literature by placing an emphasis on helping each student choose books that are specifically tailored to his/her interests and reading level. The library’s collection of more than 12,000 books includes fiction, non-fiction, picture books, mentor texts and reference, all of which are available to students for in-class or at-home enjoyment. We take the time to learn each student’s hobbies and interests, encouraging thoughtful book choices that deepen understanding, challenge beliefs and stretch imaginations. In addition, the library has a collection of “just right” books -- levelled with experts Fountas and Pinnell -- from which students may choose to take home to practice reading at their specific learning pace.
Creative Learning Center
The library emboldens students to appreciate the interplay between the stories we are told and the stories we tell ourselves. Here, books are just the beginning of a story cycle: we listen; we read; we become. Through the use of library play-sources, students themselves become the authors, encouraged to tell their own stories through creative play. In addition, our collection of STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) manipulatives, are utilized by teachers to maximize hands-on opportunities for small- and large-group learning, enhancing and reinforcing lessons taught in the classroom.
Parents are welcome in the library! Please come before or after school to browse our collection and choose books for yourself or your child. To initialize a parent library account, please speak to a librarian. Parents can borrow up to five books for a period of two weeks.
A full listing of the library’s cataloged resources is available here (OPAC link). The catalog is searchable by subject, author or title.
The Secondary Library is open weekdays from 08:00-16:00. It occasionally closes at 15:30 for meetings. The Librarian is Mrs. Terri Rolfe.
Check out Mrs. Rolfe's Library Blog (only available in school) for her weekly recommendations.
One can search for materials in the Secondary Library through the Secondary OPAC. In addition to 21,000 print volumes, the library has over 4,000 multiple copy books, 29 periodicals (English, French, Spanish and German) and 5 newspapers in print. It also subscribes to a number of online databases that give students access to books, magazines, journals, newspapers and encyclopedias. Photocopiers, printers, and scanners can be found here.
Parents are encouraged to use the library and are welcome to come in any time during regular library hours. They may borrow up to 5 books for a period of 4 weeks.