The Scaffolding of Inquiry – School Library
A school’s library is the centre for learning and plays a crucial role in boosting innovation, problem solving and curiosity. It acts as a facilitator for reading and knowledge that enhances the learning capability of students and teachers alike. The school library is the central point for engaging in cultural activities, reading, accessing information and deep analytical thinking. Our library always has a librarian and an assistant librarian to help students and teachers identify the books and sources of information on a particular subject. They also answer queries that are related to the materials stored here and are particular about the rules and regulations that govern this exhilarating space.
This library is used by students from Class IV onwards. The pre-primary to Class III students have their own class libraries.
Resources at Our Library
Our school’s library is well-equipped, air-conditioned and is computerized. It houses a large and rich collection of resources that include books, videos, CDs, DVDs, newspapers and periodicals. These range from general reference material to specialized information. The reference section includes encyclopaedias, linguistic and biographical dictionaries, atlases, handbooks and directories. These resources must be referred to in the library and cannot be borrowed.
The news update corner has about thirty magazines and seven newspapers that encourage students and teachers to keep abreast with happenings around the world. The staff members are allowed to borrow the periodicals for a week at a time while students are expected to use these in the library premises.
Our library also stocks laptops which can be used by the students for their assignments and research. These are connected to a large multi-functional printer-cum-scanner which can be employed by both the students and teachers to print and scan the learning resources at the library. There is a high-capacity photocopying machine should the users require to make copies of documents.
Specialized Section for IB Students
This portion is designed and developed for extra resources that the IB curriculum demands and is helpful to students in their extended investigation. All students can refer to the books in this section but only IB students are allowed to borrow them. The IB Corner allows the students of this programme to study undisturbed and it also has a reading and discussion room.
Special Resources for Professional Advancement of Teachers
The material provided here caters dedicatedly to the teachers and their professional needs. It includes topics that range from budgeting, curriculum-planning, appraisal methods, dealing with bullying in schools and managing children with special needs and learning disabilities.
Other Facilities in the Library
The library has two separate reading rooms and one large resource room that can seat 80-90 persons. This is the audio-visual hub and is equipped with a top class projector as well as a full-size screen.
There is also a section which is used as a coin and stamp library and traces the history of our country via these two resources.
In addition, in our aim to encourage our students to inculcate the habit of reading and gaining confidence as orators, we have set up a special dais where students can stand and read aloud passages from their selected books.