"Opening Doors, Hearts, and Minds"
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.
“ACST libraries are places to learn, read, explore, and just relax." Regina Calnin
Regina Calnin, School Library Media Specialist
Kaouther Marouaini, ES Library Media Assistant
Imen Turki, SS Library Assistant
Ridha Menjli, AV Assistant
Elementary Library Learning Expectations
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
- Selects books based on personal interests.
- Uses illustrations and other visual elements to select materials.
- Makes connections to background knowledge
- Distinguishes between fiction and non-fiction.
- Identifies the roles of an author and an illustrator.
- Begins to recognize different types of literature genres.
Grades 3 to 5
- Selects a variety of fiction and non-fiction for independent reading.
- Uses retelling and paraphrasing, text features and questions to understand informational text.
- Recognizes different types of literature genres.
Using inquiry and critical thinking skills to acquire, analyze and evaluate. Use information to create, share and inform.
PK to Grade 2
- Develops an understanding of the organization of the library.
- Recognizes that call numbers are used to locate books.
- Recognizes parts of a book, such as spine, title page, index, and glossary.
- Understands that a fact is a true statement.
- Begins to use non-fiction material as a source of information.
Grades 3 to 5
- Understands how call numbers are used to locate books and how non-fiction materials are organized.
- Uses technology to locate information.
- Uses non-fiction materials as a source of information.
- Identifies information need.
- Uses keywords to initiate an information search.
- Extracts information from text based on need.
- Uses technology appropriately to create and share information.
- Cites information sources.
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
- Uses library materials responsibly.
- Understands expected classroom behaviors.
- Begins to work appropriately in groups.
Grade 3 to 5
- Works appropriately in groups as well as independently.
- Begins to use diverse sources to gather information.
- Begins to evaluate the process of their search and the results that came from the search.
Uses information and resources ethically.
Grade 3 to 5
- Begins to understand the concept of intellectual property rights.
- Cites sources.
- Uses technology in a responsible manner.
The Secondary Library serves ACST students in grades 6-12
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.