“Reading aloud with children is known to be the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills they will eventually require for learning to read.” (Marilyn Jager Adams)
School libraries exist throughout the world as learning environments that provide space, access to resources, and access to activities and services to encourage and support student, teacher, and community learning.
Libraries play a central role in the implementation of programmes at any school. In an IB school, the library promotes and supports the teaching and development of transdisciplinary skills, international-mindedness, the IB learner profile, and PYP attitudes and concepts. It connects with the whole school and community to ensure access to information on global issues and diverse perspectives. In addition, the teacher -librarian collaborates with class teachers to help students acquire the information literacy skills needed as inquirers, lifelong learners and readers.
Libraries are also often the places where inquirers learn to deepen their searching and researching skills. Libraries create networks of information within and outside the school community, which is both ideal and required to teach the IB curriculum and foster international mindedness. Librarians are often tasked with providing opportunities and space for students to learn about themselves, their learning, and the world around them. Therefore, the library manages or supports multipurpose spaces, just-in-time learning, and a wide range of activities relevant to student life. For IB programmes, the library supports and energizes reading, inquiry, multiplicities, approaches to learning, approaches to teaching, and learner profile development.