BIS believes in the power of reading to inspire, engage, and educate our students.
To this end, our school is proud of its vast library collection of over 16,000 texts in our two libraries. We strive to provide a vast collection of books to inspire our students to read and develop a lifelong love of reading. Each year a significant proportion of our annual budget is dedicated to investing in new books for our school and classroom libraries.
We strive to bring all members of the BIS community a wide variety of reading choices, whether purely for pleasure or for teaching and learning.
The school has an Automated Library System that enables students and staff to check out books and textbooks using a barcode scanner. Computerized cataloguing facilitates research for student and teacher use. Parents are also welcome and encouraged to take advantage of the ample resources and check out materials for their personal and family use.
Within the Quality Schools International mastery learning framework Elementary students must gain the ability to identify, access, evaluate, and use information from the library, third-party vendors (i.e., databases) and the Internet. These skills will create independent learners by fostering students' research, information literacy, technology, communication, and critical thinking skills. It is of equal importance to instill a need to read for pleasure. Elementary classes use a Library curriculum that is taught once a week in the 5-year-old through 11-year-old classes.
"To learn to read is to light a fire”
— Victor Hugo, Les Miserables