ACST libraries are places to learn, read, explore, and just relax.
Our school libraries support the ACST mission, “opening doors, hearts and minds”, by offering students and teachers a calm learning environment filled with print and digital resources. Our library collections include over 23,000 books chosen to support and enrich our ACST educational program. We subscribe to a wide variety of respected research tools designed to expand student learning beyond the library walls. Students, parents, and teachers are welcome to visit our elementary or secondary library for small group work, book checkout, or quiet study opportunities. The ACST libraries are open before, after and during the school day; specific times are listed on each library page.
|Mondays to Thursdays||7:30AM - 3:30PM||7:30AM - 4:00PM|
|Fridays||7:30AM - 2:00PM||7:30AM - 2:00PM|
“We may sit in our library and yet be in all quarters of the earth.” John Lubbock, The Pleasures of Life
Regina Calnin, School Library Media Specialist
Kaouther Marouaini, ES Library Media Assistant
Imen Turki, SS Library Assistant
Ridha Menjli, AV Assistant
The Elementary Library supports classroom curriculum and provides services to the school community. Introducing students to various types of literature, authors and illustrators, supports the classroom reading curriculum as well as helping students develop an appreciation of a variety of literature. We encourage the students to pursue individual interests in reading and learning. The second area of support is introducing and reinforcing research skills. These range from learning how a library is organized and how to find material in the library to evaluating sources and learning how to use the material for their own projects. These activities develop skills and habits that each student will use throughout their school career. The elementary library also provides services to parents, which include helping them find appropriate books for their children and teaching them how to use the library catalog.
Throughout the elementary years, students develop the following attitudes, knowledge, and skills through the library program.
Reading wisely for information and in pursuit of personal interest.
PK to Grade 2
Grades 3 to 5
Using inquiry and critical thinking skills to acquire, analyze and evaluate. Use information to create, share and inform.
PK to Grade 2
Grades 3 to 5
Seeks multiple perspectives, shares information and ideas with other. Reflects on the process, product and content in order to grow and improve.
PK to Grade 2
Grade 3 to 5
Uses information and resources ethically.
Grade 3 to 5
The heart of our work is helping students learn to be independent and responsible users of information and ideas. We work closely with teachers to help students develop a curious mind, a healthy skepticism and a deep understanding of the ways information and literature are part of opening doors, hearts, and minds. We strive to ensure that students develop and hold tight to a love of reading and a sense of wonder in their learning.
In the Library
A visit to the Library might find IB students at work on Theory of Knowledge projects, small groups of middle school students busy with a unit of inquiry or teams of students making innovative use of technology and digital resources to create presentations. You might find a Book Bowl competition or reading celebration, visiting author or performance. Staff and students can always be found working on the many academic and co-curricular activities happening at ACST. More than a few students will always be found browsing the collection or engrossed in reading or study. There’s always something happening, and we invite you to drop in anytime. We are open from 7:30 to 4:00 daily (12:00 on Fridays) and have a wonderfully light and open third floor location in the middle of campus. Parents are also eligible to open an account and make use of our print collection as well as our family Video Club.
The Library recognizes that students must develop their information skills and reflective habits of mind across the curriculum and in a variety of media, and our collection reflects this. The Library houses a large fiction and nonfiction print collection in multiple languages as well as a collection of Kindles to help get high-demand titles into students’ hands. The Library catalog also provides direct access to a broad collection of e-books (accessible via laptop, tablet or phone) and subscription access to a deep set of databases for research purposes, including the EBSCO suite, Britannica, WorldBook, Newsbank, BrainPop/BrainPop Français and JSTOR, among others. We also host onsite a Safari Montage video library for school and home use that collects almost ten thousand educational and documentary videos across all subjects. The Library catalog and all these digital resources are accessible 24 hours a day from students’ homes as well from campus. Please feel free to ask us about access to any of these collections.
Resources and People
The Library is well-stocked with desktop macs for student use throughout the day and also circulates laptops, cameras and other equipment for short-term project purposes. Students also use their own devices in the Library and across campus. The most valuable resources in any library are the people. See us for any of your questions and information needs. The Library is a place for ideas and questions; whatever your need we’ll help you sort it out or connect you with someone who can. We look forward to seeing you in the Library.