Located in the centre of the school, the library offers a variety of print media for a range of ages. We encourage you to also visit the online catalog (click here), where you can search for books or locate helpful learning resources. Contact us at HISlibrary@his-china.org
- How often do children come to the library?
- What does my child need to bring each week?
- How many books can my child bring home?
- Can I join the library?
- Book Clubs
- Book Fairs
- Author Visit
Every student will be given a protective book bag to help reduce the wear and tear that may happen to books that are taken home. The book bag and books that are being returned must be brought to school on their library day, otherwise they must must wait till they return their book bag to take books home.
Nursery & Preschool: Parents may borrow on their child’s behalf.
Pre-Kindergarten: Semester 1 = one (1) book
Semester 2 = two (2) books
Kindergarten & Grade 1: Quarter 1 = two (2) books
Quarter 2, 3 & 4 = more books may be borrowed related to a rewards system.
Grades 2, 3, 4 & 5 Semester 1 = three (3) books
Semester 2 = five (5) books
The library helps families to gain access to a range of English Language books through a variety of literacy partners. Throughout the school year we send home book catalogs with your child so you can purchase books that interest and meet the needs of your family. Through your support of reading, the school earns points which are used to purchase more books for our school community in classroom and the library.
- Simply review the catalog with your child
- Decide which books your family is most interested in.
- Agree on how much you would like to spend
- Complete the form and return to school in the envelope provided with the correct change.
- NB: The delivery time varies and can be up to five weeks
Each year the library seeks to enrich literacy in our community by attracting authors, storytellers, poets and performers to broaden our perspectives and deepen the love of reading. The author hosts large groups and often facilitates literacy workshops with smaller classes. Details of author visits will be communicated closer to the event.
Talk to your child about book care
- Wash your hands before reading a book.
- Turn pages from the corners to avoid ripping pages.
- Keep books safe from babies, pets, food & water.
- Never, draw, color or place stickers in books.
- Use your book bag at home so you always know where your books are.
- Return your books on time.
- Tell your librarian as soon as possible about books that get damaged.
Ask your child questions about the story you're reading to ensure comprehension.
Book family time to read with your children every day.
Create a special reading place in your home, with your child's favorite books within reach.
Donate funds to a literacy cause.
Encourage children to read words on TV, street signs, mugs and T-shirts.
Find new stories to read with your children every week. Vary their length and subject matter.
Give your time to read aloud to a child.
Have a child read a book to you.
Independent reading doesn’t always have to done alone, everyone in the family can read.
Just right book choices take time to learn how.
Keep teens reading. Give them books, newspaper articles and magazines about things that interest them – music, movies, TV and computers.
Let children count out the change when making a purchase. Reinforce the importance of math in everyday life!
Make every day a learning day. Ask your children to make a shopping list, read recipes together or help them make a calendar of their weekly activities.
Newborns benefit from reading too!
Organize a children's book club with friends in your neighborhood.
Pick one day a week to make a regular visit to the library.
Quiet, cozy reading spaces are good places for your child to read independently.
Remember that children learn by example – if you recognize the importance of reading, your children will too!
Start early! It's never too early to read to your children.
Treat a child to a story a day.
Use reading time to create a special bond with a child.
Volunteer your time. Family literacy groups in your community could use your help with tutoring adults, reading to children and helping out with administrative tasks.
Write a letter.
X-ercise your mind! Reading ability is like a muscle, if you don't exercise it often, you will not maintain the same level of reading ability as you get older. So – "use it or lose it"!
You are the key to improving a child's reading ability by placing a high priority on reading in your home.
Zap off the TV - pick up a book instead!
Courtesy of Reading Rockets.