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Emerson School
River East Transcona School Division

Welcome to Our School Library

Welcome to the library—an exciting place of wonder and learning! Our library has two main purposes: finding books to read for pleasure and serving as a place to learn information literacy and technology skills. We believe every student requires the skills necessary to navigate through today’s information-rich world. Determining information needs, recognizing and selecting appropriate resources—whether print or online—and managing information are key skills required for successful academic inquiry.

At our school library, we strive to empower staff and students to become skilled, independent users of information through inquiry-based learning that integrates curriculum, information literacy, and technology skills. Mrs. Klausen, the teacher librarian, is in the library on School Days 1, 3, and 5, working collaboratively with students and teachers on inquiry units of curricular study. Mrs. DeBruyn, the library technician, is in the library on School Days 2, 4, and 6, ensuring our library’s day-to-day operations run smoothly, including book exchange for students.


Teacher librarian: Mrs. C. Klausen
Library technician: Mrs. T. DeBruyn

Library Hours

Hours of operation: 9:25 a.m. to 3:55 p.m. from Monday to Friday

Lending Policies

  • Borrowing period: one full six-day school cycle
  • Number of material sign-outs: kindergarten to Grade 2 (one book per student), Grades 3 to 6 (two books per student)
  • Overdues: Students with overdue books cannot sign out a new book until all others are returned. Notes go home monthly as a reminder for students to search for missing items.                                 
  • Lost books: Students are not permitted to borrow new books until they have reimbursed the library for any lost ones. When it is determined that a book is lost, library staff will inform the parent of the cost of reimbursement.

Program Description

At Emerson School, the library program is twofold: the literature appreciation time allows students the opportunity to choose a specific genre of literature or a non-fiction book to read; book exchanges give students a chance to explore the different types of resources found in a library, encouraging them to become lifelong readers and learners.

The other part of our library program is an inquiry-based learning approach to research. Co-operatively, the teacher librarian and classroom teacher plan units of study. Students actively work through the process of inquiry from the creation of questions, to the meaningful use of print, non-print, and human resources, to a completed, finished product incorporating information literacy and technological literacy skills.

Most students at Emerson are engaged in at least two curricular units of study in a school year.