Bec in the library

"I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library." — Jorge Luis Borges

A dream come true! January 21, 2014

Filed under: Teaching — becinthelibrary @ 9:06 am
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(Post 2 – What I actually did) – link to more info about this school

This post describes a school in which i regularly provide substitute cover for the two TLs.

The school is a prestigious, vibrant, well established EC3 – Grade 12 international school in a major city in China. It has a population of just under 2000 students.

Major selling points (in general):

  • A modern  50,000 square meter school building, situated at the center of a 133,500 square meter  (32-acre) campus
  • 2 purpose-built sports domes, sitting side-by-side on an area of over 8,500 square meters
  • 4 fully-equipped gymnasiums (one with a climbing wall); baseball and softball diamonds; two full-sized turf soccer practice fields, and an aquatics center with a 25-meter pool with diving boards
  • Hospital grade filtration system filtering indoor air 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • State-of-the-art, dedicated science labs in Elementary, Middle and High School
  • Dedicated visual arts wings in Middle School and High School; dedicated art studios in Elementary Performing arts wing with 600-seat theater, black box theater, rehearsal space, and studio stage
  • A 10,000 sq. meter outdoor learning environment for elementary school students

Library Media specific:

  • TWO full time teacher librarians to serve almost 800 students from EC3 – Grade 5
  • One TL teaches EC3 – G2, the other G3-5
  • 2 library-media centers with more than 80,000 volumes
  • One-to-one laptop program throughout the school
  • over 82,000 items in our collection
  • circulation sits at over 100,000 titles per year
  • subscription to over 160 magazines.
  • subscription to over 25 online research databases
  • interlibrary loan agreement with the National Library of China
  • family checkout of 10 titles (due to lack of availability of English language texts, this library serves as a public library to the school community)
  • access to firewalled sites (school streams connection through HK so parents are able to access YouTube, Facebook, personal blogs etc)
  • a group of 20 volunteers that cycle through the week – reshelving, repairing books
  • one full time library technician who works primarily in the Teacher Resource Centre (24,000 titles including guided reading texts, big books and professional reading)
  • one full time and two part time library assistants who predominately run circulation and collection organisation

Here are some images of aspects of this library I fell in love with:


A fabulous display promoting the Panda book awards.

Come chill on the couches, read a magazine or a fun reference book!

Come chill on the couches, read a magazine or a fun reference book!

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Who do you see in the mirror? A READER!

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Want kids to pick up books and read? Face those babies OUTWARD!

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After reading one of the Panda books, kids can place a star underneath the title. Each star earns house points.

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American author and performer, Eric Litwin, was a visiting author for this school. The very talented EC3 teacher whipped up these fabulous full size models as promotional materials. Eric loved them!


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