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At our ES Library, St. John’s students develop their information and literacy skills through the PYP “inquiry-based” approach to learning. Students are aided in mastering a set of transdiciplinary skills needed to support them in the complexities of their lives now and in the future. Included in these five transdiciplinary skills are : Thinking skills, Research skills, Communication skills, Social skills and Self-management skills.

During the weekly scheduled library lessons, information literacy skills are taught at age, grade and individual appropriate levels. Through  collaboration with the classroom teachers, we support and augment the grade level PYP Units of Inquiry. We also aim to nourish your child’s love of the written word and literature. As teacher librarians we see education as a life-long process. 

Your ES Library is open continuously Monday – Thursday 8:15 – 4:30 and Friday 8:15 – 4:00. We welcome visits from parents and encourage you to take an active role in your child’s literacy education.

As with other libraries, we have our rules and procedures which encourage a sense of responsibility among our patrons. Grade level determines the number of items which can be borrowed each week. To select books from the main collection, the children must come to library classes with their library bags which are our gift to all new patrons. If the library bag has been forgotten a book can be taken from the Book Nook, our honor-system collection outside the main library and if lost, a new bag can be purchased from the library.

We love what we do and we want the children to enjoy their library. We also want you as parents to take advantage of our wonderful resources in English and the mother tongue languages in the Elementary School.  You may email us or drop by for a visit so that Ms. Rutland, ES Library Coordinator, can show you that the Elementary School Library is a truly magical place!

Online Resources:

World Book Online

Kids Search


Enchanted Learning


Oxford English Dictionary

Citation Maker

 Children's Library

Oxford Owl


Book Trailers for Readers