The Junior School libraries introduce children to the world of books and information.
Students come to library classes on a fixed schedule. Additional library visits are also scheduled by individual teachers for class specific projects. Junior school library curriculum focuses on the development of critical thinking skills, literature appreciation and library and research skills. Reading aloud and book discussions are done on a regular basis.
Students learn about library behavior and organization, book care, the parts of a book, and book selection. Different kinds of stories and books are introduced, and students pursue their own interests. Students learn about the role of authors and illustrators and the difference between fiction and nonfiction. They compare and contrast books, find out about awards, study different genres, search for information, learn to use the library catalog, review books, and share stories with younger students. The research process, including note-taking and citing sources, is introduced. Author visits are provided to enrich the curriculum.
In Junior A and Junior One they work on listening skills and are introduced to different stories, including folk and fairy tales. They focus on the roles of authors and illustrators.
Junior Two students discuss the difference between fiction and nonfiction. They develop poetry appreciation and learn about biographies and reference books.
In Junior Three and Junior Four learn they more deeply about research, using the pre-selected Internet search engines and the library catalog to find information. They learn to identify genres and use the library catalog, reference books, and the Internet to find information.