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 and literacy, teaching ethical research skills and supporting language learning.

New Materials

You can view slides of the latest additions to the collection here:

Spring 2018


Poster Contest - GRAND CONCOURS : créer la nouvelle affiche de l’école des loisirs

The Library is coordinating student entries for l'école des loisir's Poster Contest. Any student can submit a handmade poster in the theme "Aux livres, tout le monde!" The poster must be on 11x17 inch paper; students can come to the Library for a piece. We will collect the posters until May 10th and mail them in together. l'école des loisirs will use the winning poster around the world and is offering many prizes. More information on prizes is at https://www.ecoledesloisirs.fr/grand#oumetrouver

World Read Aloud Day @ WIS

Feb. 1 - The school was treated to SIX visits via Skype with authors around the country, reading aloud from their books and describing their creative process. The visits were funny, thought-provoking, deep, celebratory, and sometimes downright silly. All of them were inspiring! Authors joining us from their homes were:
Prekindergarten: Andrea Wang with The Nian Monster
Grade 1Sarah Brannen with Madame Martine Breaks the Rules
Grade 2 and KC:  Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr with Everywhere, Wonder
Grade 3 and 4A/B: Susan Tan with Cilla Lee-Jenkins: future author extraordinaire
4C/D: Mara Rockliff with Mesmerized, Anything but Ordinary Addie and others
Grade 5: Andrea Wang with Malala Yousafzai

First graders and Recess

Nov. 27 - This week, first graders are joining their older peers to enjoy recess in the Library on WIS "odd" days. They could choose to do a puzzle, draw, play with Legos, read (!), listen to an audiobook, do origami, etc. Lately lots of the older kids have been making extra bookmarks to send to our partner schools in Croatia, Lithuania, India and Hong Kong.
  
   
  

Book Fair Bonanza

October 31 - Thanks once again to our fabulous parents, another Spanish/French book fair finished off on Friday with loads of happy children (new books, yippee!) and a successful fundraiser for the library's collections. Here are a few photos (credit: Angelie Telapatra):
  
  

Authors & Illustrators Galore!

September was a busy month, full of presentations by superstar authors and illustrators. 
Our second graders went to Politics & Prose for a presentation by illustrator Mike Curato, co-creator of All the Way to Havana with author Margarita Engle
Photo credit: Bruce Guthrie
Our first and third graders were treated to a presentation by author/illustrator Peter Brown. His newest book is Creepy Pair of Underwear, which inspired a number of student drawings:
And Argentinian cartoonist Liniers presented in Spanish to our kinder, first and second graders his newest book, Buenas Noches, Planeta:

Celebrating Summer "Reading Without Walls"

On September 7th, participants of our summer reading program gathered in the Library to celebrate and be celebrated for their "reading without walls." The Library gave out free new books to these avid readers. Read much more about it here.

Reading Restaurant

September 5, 2017 - We're starting the year with a bit of fun - reading restaurants! Our second graders were treated to a three course fine dining experience of books, complete with linen tablecloths, fresh flowers, candles, classical piano music and, of course, new books! Here are some photos:



Library News

Happy Poetry Month!
National Poetry Month 2018

April is National Poetry Month. Celebrate with us! Here are some ways:

  • Show a Poem a Day - videos of staff reading poems. (We need more readers. Please reach out to library staff and we’ll arrange a time to video you reading.)
  • Help our students post original poems to our community poetry “padlet.
  • Create a Push-Pin Poem on the Library bulletin board.
  • Bring a poem to school to share on Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 26th.
  • Early Childhood and Grade 1-5 Poetry Assemblies on April 26th (nominate your students to perform).

Proyecto 5 Grado

March 15, 2018 - Fifth grade Spanish students completed a project for their unit "How we Organize Ourselves." After rotating through reading many picture books, each student chose one and used a thinking routine of their choice to explain, summarize and share what was the book about. Here are the slides:

Proyecto 5 grado



Buy French Books and Support the Library

We have a new partnership with the French bookseller BOOKWITTY that we hope will benefit our families and the school. Each month, Bookwitty will email us a newsletter of themed lists of French books (links to our February newsletter are below). If you place an order from Bookwitty they will give the WIS Library 10% of the purchase price. A few details:
1. Bookwitty gives free shipping on all orders.
2. The Library gets 10% of purchases from anywhere on the Bookwitty site, not just from the themed lists, as long as you started browsing from the newsletter/links we make available.
3. The first time you order, you need to create an account on Bookwitty. Click on "Start Here" on the top right of their webpage.

Here are the links to February's suggestions: Diversity, Winter Sports, Climate, Natural Disasters, la Réunion Island.


New Materials

You can view slides of the latest additions to the collection here:

Winter 2018

We Are Readers:


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