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The elementary library, even with its limitations due to our temporary location, is still the place to be at ASD! We see great numbers of students coming to use the library before school, during recesses, and after school.
The students using the library are passionate about reading, exploring new titles, and sharing favorites with friends. Classes, small groups, parents, tutors, as well as teachers use the library weekly. During recess, we have a steady influx of students who share books with friends, read quietly, play a game together, and once supplies were put out, began to use the area as a mini Makerspace.
The library is my most favorite place to be. It's inviting, comfortable, enjoyable, and an overall great place to be.
ASD once again participated in One Book, One Community with the financial support of the PTA. This year the ASD community enjoyed The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman.
Students participated in shared reading, had conversations with friends, classmates and teachers, and enjoyed a common book. Parents and teachers met for a book discussion one morning and we ended One Book One Community this year with an evening culminating activity, held in the MS/HS library. Students, teachers and parents came together and participated in activities that celebrated Neil Gaiman's book. We danced the macabre, created a creepy edible craft, participated in discussions about the book. It was a great time where we could share and celebrate a love of reading.
Picture books and graphic novels have continued to see a surge in popularity over the past year. With a collection of over 350 titles to choose from, Middle School teachers are encouraging students to choose picture books as an alternative to chapter books for personal reading. With many interesting, age appropriate books available, circulation has risen by more than 250%!
Graphic novels continue to be popular among MSHS students. With old favorites and new finds making our graphic novel collection appealing, teachers and parents are beginning to accept graphic novels as an enjoyable, enriching reading experience. Consequently, circulation has increased by over 150%!
Think about one time in your ASD career when the school library really helped you. Write about the help that you got, and what you were able to do because of it.
This past year, American School of Doha was fortunate to host visiting author, Tayyeba Syed. Her books, "Jannah Jewels," highlight strong female characters and encourages readers to maintain a sense of curiosity and continued pride in their Muslim heritage. Tayebba Syed met with Grade 7 students and spoke about writing what you know. Students enjoyed listening to her presentation and appreciated her invaluable advice.
Please give one specific example of when the ASD library helped you.
|The ASD library has helped me enjoy reading more.||76|
|The ASD library has helped me read more.||76|
|The ASD library has helped me discover interesting topics other than my school work.||84|
To celebrate poetry month and library week, the MSHS library sponsored a spine label poetry contest. Students (and teachers) were invited to create poems with the titles of books. and leave them on display. We had some very fantastic and thought-provoking poetry!
The MSHS library has set up tables for the students to color when they need a break. It's been amazing to see the number of students - boys and girls of all ages - who take a few minutes out of their day to relax and color. The HS coloring table was especially popular during AP and IB exams. When the coloring sheet is full, students are quick to remind us to set out another one.
Elementary students are readers! By the time summer ends, our students are just waiting for school to start so they can return their summer books and check out some fresh titles. It's not unusual to have parents dropping off books ahead of time so that their child can get some more books on the first day of school. With a circulation of close to 90,000 books checked out in a year, you know the library is the place to be.
Elementary students are readers! It’s not unusual at all to find students sitting in the library, reading books, during classes as well as at recess time. Our fiction collection is now sorted by genre, including Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery and Historical Fiction. The new divisions have proven extremely popular with the students. It will be interesting to observe patterns of student checkouts over the next year.
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|The library staff is helpful to students.||96.3|
|I can find what I need in the library easily.||91.5|
|I have been taught how to use the library.||88.5|
For pleasure reading, fiction is the most popular and largest collection area in both libraries. We work to maintain a balanced collection for non-fiction, with emphasis placed on curricular needs.
Fiction circulates more than non-fiction for individual reading. Often non-fiction that is used for a research project is checked out to the class for the length of the unit, and then several students will use it each day during the project.
It's natural for the number of titles read to decrease as the students read longer, more complicated texts and experience more homework demands, but we continue to encourage pleasure reading for high school students. English 9 and English 10 assigned independent reading for their students, which helped those circulation numbers.
The libraries publish summer reading lists via Libguides (see below) and encourage students who will be in Doha for some or all of the summer to check out library books. Reading lists include suggestions from teachers, students, and national reading lists. This year MSHS students checked out over 1200 books for the summer, and ES students checked out over 2200 for the summer.
Irish storyteller Niall de Burca visited ASD for one day and entertained students in all 4 divisions. Niall's stories sometimes taught a lesson and sometimes were just for fun. The students and teachers loved him.