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Hampstead 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 a place to learn information literacy and technology skills. We believe that 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 which integrates curriculum, information literacy and technology skills.

Mrs. Thomas, the teacher-librarian, is in the library on school days 2, 4 & 6 working collaboratively with students and teachers on inquiry units of curricular study. Mrs. Kauk, the library technician, is in the library on school days 1, 3 & 5 ensuring our library's day-to-day operations run smoothly, including book exchange for students.

Staff

Mrs. E. Thomas (teacher-librarian)
Mrs. B. Kauk (library technician)

Library Hours

8:55 am - 3:25 pm

Lending Policies

  • Borrowing period: One six-day school cycle
  • Number of sign-outs: 
    • Kindergarten to grade 1: 1 book per cycle
    • Grades 2 to 5: 2 books per cycle
  • Renewals: Up to 2 times, provided no other holds have been placed.
  • Overdues: Notes will be sent home as a reminder to look for lost books

Program Description

At Hampstead 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. Listening to a story and spending time choosing books to read gives 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 move through the process of inquiry starting with the creation of questions, then to the meaningful use of print, non-print and human resources, and finally creating a completed finished product incorporating information literacy and technological literacy skills.