Welcome to the WIS Primary School Library!

The WIS library collects materials in English, French and Spanish, including offering a robust collection of digital resources. The Library is staffed by a certified Teacher-Librarian, a tri-lingual Assistant Librarian and two part-time Library Assistants. The library program is committed to supporting teaching and learning in WIS's classrooms, promoting reading, inquiry and literacy, teaching ethical research skills and supporting language learning.

Library News

Poem in Your Pocket Day - a day of excitement at the PS!

On April 24th, WIS PS was abuzz with poetry. All pockets were full with student-written poems and family favorites. Ms. Anderson and Ms. Clingman handed out hundreds of English, French and Spanish poems and everyone got a chance to share aloud. Here are four original poems written by first graders:
Karen Kane presents Charlie & Frog to third grade
On April 3rd, local author Karen Kane gave our third graders a wonderful picture of her path to authorship and the inside scoop on Charlie & Frog and upcoming books in the series. Combining elements of both hearing and deaf cultures, Charlie & Frog is a mystery set in upstate New York. 

   

Human beatboxer Christylez Bacon launches Poetry Month

On April 1st, Christylez Bacon both entertained WIS kids and taught them valuable lessons about adversity and resilience. With his humor, array of instruments including his mouth and body, and incredible ad-libbing hip-hop poet talent, Mr. Bacon took us into another world of rhythm, creativity and stories.
   

Author Megan Wagner Lloyd visits first grade

Feb. 14, 2019 - Tied with their unit on how we organize ourselves, author Megan Wagner Lloyd visited with first graders today and read her book Finding Wild. Students got to think about where they "find wild" in their neighborhoods here in the DC area. Ms Lloyd focused on how she revised her first draft to include more descriptive words and our students used their five senses to describe some natural objects, such as bark and peacock feathers.
 

World Read Aloud Day - February 1, 2019
All of our students are encouraged to spend some time reading out loud to their families and friends on World Read Aloud Day (WRAD). This year we have a full day of Skype visits lined up from authors and illustrators for our PreK through fifth graders. Here are the creators and the books they will be highlighting to our students:

BOOK FAIR!!

Our Book Fair of new French and Spanish books was a big success! Thank you to all of our families for supporting the Library and our students' reading.
October, 2018 -- Come in and support the Library. Lots of great books are available for all ages. New for this year, you can also order French books online until November 9th. There is MUCH more selection online than at the fair and the purchases still benefit the library fundraiser. Here are the instructions to shop online.
Book Fair hours:
October 30 and 31, 8:00 - 4:00
November 1, 8:30 - 4:00
November 2, 8:30 - 12:00

Author Baptiste Paul presented to K and Gr 1

On September 14th, our kindergarteners and first graders were treated to a lively presentation from St. Lucian author Baptiste Paul, who recently published The Field. Baptiste described his childhood on the island, taught many Creole words and showed us his childhood "best friend" (a soccer ball). 

Two new online resources

  • Storyplay'r - French (and a little English) eBooks with a readaloud feature.
  • Edumedia - Science videos and simulations in English, French and Spanish




more Library News

APRIL = National Poetry Month @ WIS!!

Can't believe a year has gone by already. When creating our new 2019 Poetry Padlet, I realized that a student posted two new poems on LAST year's Padlet in the fall. How great is that?! So here's the link to THIS YEAR's Padlet (password: poetry) so students can post their new poems, and here's a link to LAST year's so you can marvel at WIS creativity.


Newest books

Spring 2019 New Books

2017-2018 Year In Review

View the Library's annual report video (yes, it's long. but there was so much to document!):

Library Program Goals and Objectives

  • Support the IB PYP curriculum and teaching and learning in the classroom
  • Teach information, research and citation skills throughout the school
  • Support language development of students at all levels
  • Encourage a love of books and reading
  • Provide information services for students to supplement and complement classroom learning and promote leisure reading
  • Promote effective and independent use of the library and online information sources
  • Promote literacy by organizing book fairs, author/illustrator events and a summer reading program
National Poetry Month 2018