The library offers a rich variety of materials to promote reading for pleasure and to support learning in our school community. A collection of imaginative and fictional material as well as information media is maintained to encourage students to read for pleasure. Students are encouraged to use all forms of media, including online and traditional formats, to explore and enhance their learning. In the library, students are supported in pursuit of all forms of literacy and learning by classroom teachers and other staff, including a half-time library assistant as well as a part-time itinerant teacher-librarian.
The library assistant, Miss Stevenson, is at Nordale from 8:00a.m. to 11:30a.m. on Days 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6 of the school cycle and from 12:30p.m. to 4:00p.m. on Day 2s. The library may be accessed when Miss Stevenson is not in but students must be accompanied by an adult. Each class (K-8) has one half-hour book exchange period during the school cycle. Students may sign out books at any time, apart from their scheduled times, if they are given permission by the classroom teacher to do so.
The library is also used for Buddy Activities, which involve students from the early years classes partnering with older students for book sharing, reading and/or other activities once each cycle. As well, teachers collaboratively and individually plan many other curriculum integrated and social learning experiences that occur in this space.
- Items withdrawn from the library are due back the following library class for each grade. For example: Room 1’s books are due every Day 6. Books not returned by the next library period are considered overdue.
- If a student has a book that is overdue for more than 1 month they will not be able to sign out another book until the overdue book is returned.
- Books can be renewed for an additional week as long as they have not been requested by another student. To renew a book it must be brought to the library so Miss Stevenson can update the due date on the computer.
- Students are responsible for all library items checked out under their name. This includes proper care of books at all times, and reporting any damage to Miss Stevenson. If a book is damaged beyond repair or lost while checked out under a student’s name, that student is responsible for paying the replacement cost of that book or bringing in a book of similar value from home in exchange (pending approval from Miss Stevenson).