Article Written by Ms. Sittie Shechaina Galawan, Librarian
The International Baccalaureate’s definition of a library is designed to focus on maximizing the effectiveness of the library: “Libraries are combinations of people, places, collections, and services.”
At D-Prep, we aim to provide a learning space that can be more than just a place to read books and seek information but also to be a safe haven for inquirers to think, create, share, and grow.
Our library focuses on giving as many different reading experiences as we can possibly give to students during their visits, which include
read alouds, shared reading, guided reading, and independent reading experiences. The school encourages the library to present a read aloud and shared reading experience mainly to young readers to ensure that all students feel supported while reading a leveled text just above their reading level.
We believe that when children can see the text during shared reading and read aloud, they are better able to comprehend the role print plays in reading. During shared
reading, students actively participate in the group reading process by listening and making their own conclusions about the story.
For Nursery classes, we give them more shared reading experiences during class since they need a lot of interactions with the teacher or librarian before they go find storybooks they want to see, explore and read.
Or they can listen to stories from online resources.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more place you’ll go.”
– Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
Primary students who are the most likely to have acquired, or are developing, their reading skills which includes inquiry skills, are our utmost goal in the library.
All Primary classes may ask for shared and guided reading with the librarian whenever they want.
However, most times these classes take their library visits as their personal reading time, and it becomes their hub of communication, between learners and teachers.
“Though we are developing our information resources supporting 21st century libraries, no matter how improvised resources could be, there is nothing that can beat how you are able to immerse yourself into a story.
Nothing can replace the comfortable feeling and scents of paper books.”
-Ms. Sittie Galawan