The library is the heart of the school community. It is an inviting place that stimulates learning and active inquiry, and encourages the joy of reading, viewing and researching. It is a place where learners engage in the individual and collaborative pursuits and understanding.
The library is a place where learners have the opportunity to engage in a collaborative pursuit of knowledge and global understanding. It should be a mirror unto the world where you see yourself and others both reflected and connected.
Within the library the school community learns about, maintains, and fosters international mindedness resulting in a more peaceful world.
To be a welcoming and valued destination where all people within our community play an active role.
To be a stimulating and integral part of the learning experience for all students beyond the walls of the classroom.
To be an open, international, and diverse resource base that meets the needs of students, staff, and parents.
To be not merely a destination, but a living human resource centre where the Teacher-Librarian and classroom Teacher engage actively with students and the community as a whole.
The Heart of Our School
The Meadowridge Library is designed for learners to work individually and collaboratively in the pursuit of learning and understanding.
The library is a favourite meeting place of staff and students alike, outfitted with soft seating and comfortable work-spaces, it is purposeful designed through-and-through:
- Wooden bookcases create an atmosphere of warmth and calmness, while their installation serves to create intimate sit spots for readers;
- Large windows and a skylights provide day-round natural brightness, creating the ideal atmosphere for study and serenity;
- Comfortable carpeting – including gathering areas for our younger learners – as well as desks and tables, meeting rooms, and nooks allow for all areas of the library to be used for learning;
- A stunning view of our north forest serves as the perfect backdrop for our library patrons, while a large doorway provides access for study breaks and fresh air.
Our community has access to a growing collection of over 40,000 resources, including books, periodicals, DVDs, and online databases. There is also a network of technological support, including three computer catalogues and computer work stations, which provide access to the library catalogue and subscription databases.
Our learners are supported by two teacher-librarians, one library technician, and many dedicated parent volunteers. Our teacher-librarians collaborate with our faculty with the instruction, development, and planning of units and research assignments.
Programs & Services For the Entire School
The library is designed for students to work individually and collaboratively, and supports our learners with a growing collection of 40,000 resources available for scholastic pursuits and reading for pleasure. It’s a place where students can research, study, and work on inquiry-based projects and assignments.
Library Program In the Primary Years
Students in the Primary Years Programme (PYP) are encouraged to become lifelong readers through regular visits and joyful, collaborative exploration. Each weekly visit is designed to develop students’ information literacy, international mindedness, and appreciation for literature.
The library hosts many events throughout the year, including book swaps, performances, writing workshops, visits from local authors, and read-a-thons.
Supporting Learning: Grade 5 Exhibition
The Grade 5 Exhibition is a PYP learner’s culminating project. From inquiry-phase to presentation-preparedness, students are supported by the library as they develop the skills necessary for the exhibition: question development, note taking, summarizing, online research, database navigation, and citation.
Library Program In the Middle Years & Diploma
Students in the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP) take part in an integrated course designed to develop information literacy and the skills necessary to become independent learners and skilled inquirers.
Students receive whole-class, small group, and one-on-one instruction and practice their skills through authentic approaches to learning, skill building, activities and research. Throughout the Grade 10 year, students apply these skills in the IB culminating project – the Personal Project. Then, throughout the Grade 11 and 12 years, students use these skills in the IB culminating project – the Extended Essay.