The TCIS Learning Commons (Library Complex) is an active and energetic center of learning for all students. The Learning Commons personnel collaborate with teachers and support students as they develop the literacy, inquiry, and digital citizenship skills necessary to become global citizens.
The Value of Reading
TCIS believes that developing the skills and love of reading is one of the most important purposes of a learning community. Improved literacy is a primary goal in all subjects and classes at TCIS, K-12. We continue to develop our World Languages collections to support students’ literacy in their mother tongues and in additional languages they are learning. Sora, which gives students access to a much wider range of ebooks and will help to reduce our ecological footprint by reducing our paper consumption.
We believe that it is vital for students to make their own choices when they read for pleasure, so we ask students to invest themselves in the collection by making book requests and giving feedback on our resources. Students reflect on their reading and encourage others to do so by writing book reviews and recommendations, which we publish both in print and digitally.
All through the year, the TCIS Elementary Library invites students to join reading-focused activities and events, to make learning fun:
Reading Under the Stars is a literacy night in which families come to read as families on the soccer field with hot chocolate and treats provided.
International Family Story Night is an evening where families from different cultural backgrounds come together to share stories, food, and literacy games.
Battle of the Books is a competition event by which student teams read a list of 10 books as a team over the course of weeks and compete with other schools in trivia based on the books. The competition aspect offers a special reading motivation for many students.
Students of all ages can participate in the Morning Calm Award, Read-A-Thon, Reading Challenges, author visits, and other events to promote authors and titles and to recognize student achievements in reading.
During the summer, we continue to encourage all members of our community to read a common book through our One School, One Book programme. All TCIS community members, students, teachers, and parents, are invited to read the same book and discuss it in person and online throughout the summer.
TCIS typically runs an on-campus Summer Reading Camp through the summer season outside of the regular school year. This day camp meets daily to encourage reading and reading strategies to all proficiency levels. It is a fun time, combining a variety of activities into the reading camp format.
Physical and Ebook Collections
The Learning Center provides all students with many opportunities to read for pleasure and for information:
- The Elementary LC contains over 16,000 items
- The Secondary LC contains over 14,000 items.
- We have subscriptions to many ebooks for both Elementary and Secondary Schools.
Virtual Collections and Databases
We have multiple, research-focused databases that are appropriate for all students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 and which address the curriculum of all courses and units of inquiry in the PYP, MYP, and DP. For instance:
- PebbleGo, Searchasaurus, Raz-Kids, and Tumblebooks are ES resources that help students in K-5 to research and to improve their reading skills
- Our multiple EBSCO products, Oxford Music Online, JSTOR, and others are resources that assist MYP and DP students in academic inquiry
- Also, subscriptions to BrainPop, World Book, and The Day assist students in both divisions to do homework, inquire, and to learn about current world events.
Through all Secondary School classes and regularly-scheduled Elementary School Learning Commons classes, students learn the skills necessary to explore these materials and use them to inquire and to grow as readers. Most importantly, the Learning Commons staff members are educators who work hard to connect students and teachers with the skills and resources they need to be successful learners and world citizens.