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
- Items withdrawn from the library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
- 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
- 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).