Todays post will be about sharing some of the great things I have seen in a number of libraries in my travels, all are IB schools.
First up - The Canadian International School of Singapore. A beautiful space that has nooks and crannies and large places all in the same very large room. Upstairs is the senior library, and downstairs the junior. The space and programme on this campus is managed by Annie Pyers with Lisa Miller. Captions are under the photos.
I loved the used of wicker baskets through out the library. It gave a lovely feel to the ambience. They are used as part of the limited use of plastic across the school to reduce exposure to toxins.
These globes were just sitting on a shelf waiting to be looked at. I particularly liked the black one, very slick. The audio book stand was filled with Playaways within easy reach and eyesight of the teens they are serving.
The library is filled with beautiful orchids, which are lovingly looked after and again give the library an aura of peaceful and calm to the space. There was also use of portable signage to designate quiet spaces, which allowed for different places to be the quiet zones as the need arose.
The displays in the library range from the temporary seasonal displays, the beautifully elegant glass engraved signage and the digital display all show that making use of different formats caters for different needs.
The library provided a variety of seating for different purposes with different colours, shapes and heights. It all blended beautifully.
The International School of Singapore is moving campus soon, but that did not stop them purchasing some new furniture and shelving. The primary and middle library is a small space, about the size of two classrooms.
The new tables from Furnware (in NZ) that were purchased. The round table flips to make room for larger groups, or to be used somewhere else in the library or school.
The last library to be featured is at the Prem Tinsulanonda International School, in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
One of the first things you see when you enter the library is this large decorated bamboo cage which has been constructed to create a listening centre with cushions, books and audio books on CD with a multi listening post. It is apparently very popular.
The rickshaw on the left was recently donated and restored to its former glory, it is now in the cooler months an outdoor reading nook for a few children at a time. The chairs in the library are getting a face lift and the community are being asked for their opinion how comfortable the prototype is. The picture on the bottom right shows a magazine book rack which I had not seen before, and seemed to be quite effective in displaying the contents without taking up much space.
Three very different libraries with dedicated staff all trying their best to cater to for their school community needs. Thank you to Annie and Lisa, Grahame and Krissy for taking the time to show me around their libraries and talk to me about what they have been doing.