Library and Learning Lounge
The mission of the Library and Learning Lounge is to ensure that pupils and staff are effective users of ideas and information, as well as to promote reading. The Library is central to the fulfilment of instructional goals and objectives of the School, and promotes this through a planned programme of acquisition and organisation of information, and the dissemination of materials to expand the learning environment of all pupils. Teaching information skills is also an essential part of the School Library programme.
The Library's online catalogue and subscription databases are available to pupils 24 hours a day, seven days a week via a virtual learning system. A class set of laptops located in the Library allows for information literacy lessons and practice to ensure pupils know how to access these resources. Prep School and Senior School Library and Learning Lounge Committees meet throughout the year to provide pupil input into the Library collection, as well as promoting the positive atmosphere of the Library and leading the direction of the Library programme.
The Library and Learning Lounge hosts several author and storyteller visits throughout the year to promote reading and there are competitions such as Primary Battle of the Books, Secondary Battle of the Books, and Kids Lit Quiz. The Library also supports and participates in the Hong Kong Golden Dragon Award programme, allowing pupils to vote for their favourite titles from books selected by prominent Hong Kong school librarians.
The Library houses approximately 24,000 books including over 1,400 ebooks for pupils. Book levels range from board books for toddlers all the way through to university prep reading. A trial of audio books commenced at the start of the 2017-2018 school year.
The Library subscribes to several databases including Britannica Encyclopaedia and Image Quest, Kids Infobits, National Geographic for Kids, Brain POP, The Churchill Archives, JSTOR, Gale Research in Context, Gale Global Issues in Context, Gale Virtual Reference Library, Science in Context, History in Context and Gale Literature Criticism Online.
The Library subscribes to over 30 hard copy and electronic journals and magazines covering all ages and all subjects.
Ms Mary H. Jones,
Head of Library & Learning Lounge
Ms. Jones holds degrees and certifications in Education and Library and Information Science from the State University of New York and the University of Texas at Austin respectively. She has worked in education for over 30 years both in the classroom and in libraries ranging from Lower School to Community College. Along with extensive travels, Ms. Jones has lived in five different US states and five different countries around the world. She is passionate about books and sharing the love of reading to pupils of all ages. Ms. Jones strongly feels information literacy skills are essential for pupils to become discerning lifelong learners, with the competencies to select, evaluate, and use information appropriately and effectively.