Library & Literacy
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. We also offer access to SORA, an online ebook database, which allows students to access a wider range of books than what is just available in paper format in the library.
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.
Visit the TCIS Learning Commons Mini-site, kept by our Librarians/Literacy Specialists
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 included.)
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, reading challenges, Library Week, author visits, and other events to promote authors and titles and to recognize student achievements in reading.
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.