Our magnificent Senior Library is located at the heart of the Senior Section accessible in both location and usage, being open before and after the regular school day. Holding over 3,1768 book resources, subscribing to many journals plus hundreds of DVDs and music CDs, the library aims to resource the demands of the IB Diploma, IGCSE and student and teacher needs. KICS also subscribes to an on line research service JSTOR.
Reflecting the IB focus on internationalism, the Senior Library collection contains an impressive range of world literature including an African and Sudanese collection.
In addition to significant collections of books in our taught languages of Arabic, Spanish and French, we also stock a growing number of Home Language texts such as Malay, Dutch and Russian to help support our International student body.
Events organized by the Libraries are designed to encourage literacy and a love of reading. Displays, visiting authors, reading groups and fun events are designed to encourage and promote authors and reading. Popular reads and recommendations by both staff andstudents
are highlighted as well as a focus on the English Department’s Reading Programme. All are intended to stimulate dialogue between readers. Serious well-grounded research is central to the success of an IB students and this and issues such as plagiarism are a high priority with library staff. The Library provides Blended Learning support for students by providing resources for reading and research on the school Moodle site.
The Senior Library also offers Community Membership by subscription, available to parents or grandparents of students
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 Senior Section students shadow the Costa Book Award, a UK award for teenage fiction and vote on their favourite book. Students don’t always agree with the Costa Award judges! There are so many benefits for students from participating in these Book Events. Along with the encouragement of good reading habits student appreciate that the books selected are recently published, well-reviewed titles that are being read far and wide. This engenders a feeling of being part of a worldwide community of readers.