Having learned to enjoy books and libraries in the Infants, students move to the Junior Library with ease. Here they are encouraged to continue reading and our dedicated library staff try to ensure they hear and read a wide range of genres. Students have the opportunity to develop information skills by using the library catalogue, book indexes, iPads and the internet. In their weekly Library session, they develop their listening abilities on the Story Rug, and then proceed to work on improving their proficiency at finding information that they need to help them in all areas of the curriculum. The Junior library also has over 9,987 books and a number of magazines. Our commitment to the ideals of the IBO is borne out in the growing collection of resources in our students’ Home Languages. Skills identified in the IB Learner Profile are facilitated and developed in the library leading to a creative, self motivated independent learner. Library Staff encourages students to adopt a mature approach to using the library. Some join in library events and others write recommendations or book reviews. Some however just simply come to relax and read a magazine during their breaks.
Reading Initiatives and Promotion
To emphasize the high priority placed on encouraging reading at KICS, students and staff take part in a variety of reading and book award events throughout the year. Staff participate in reading the Man Booker Shortlist of 6 novels, and voting for their winning title. There is also the KICS Funny Prize by Infant students. A great deal of laughter takes place during this time.
In the Junior Section, KICS hosts the Nile Book Awards, an inter-country reading event where students from different schools in North-Eastern Africa read the same books and vote for their favorite. Students participate in blogs to share their opinions of the books and exchange opinions. After voting it is fun to compare results.