The library serves the entire ISD community and functions as the information literacy and inquiry hub of the school. Early Childhood, Lower School, and Upper School students and teachers share this attractive space adjacent to the Art Gallery. Our teacher-librarian, Ms. Eileen Hurley, and, library assistant, Ms. Amanda Yao, maintain the library which focuses on providing a comprehensive collection of reading materials that support ISD’s curriculum and offering a wide variety of choices for pleasure reading. Through collaborative planning and teaching, our teacher-librarian supports our students as they learn information literacy in their homeroom/subject classes.
Battle of the Books
Battle of the Books initiative started at ISD in 2016 with an in-house competition for grades 3-5. In 2017 it expanded to grade 6-8 with a contest among other international schools from the area.
Every year titles for Battle of the Books are selected by the Pearl River Delta Librarians group. These professionals volunteer to read and write questions for every book title. The purpose of Battle of the Books is to expose students to different genres and to encourage them to read more. Participants are placed in heterogeneous groups where members share the reading of titles evenly among their peers. The more books a student read, the more opportunities the team has to answer questions correctly during the Battle of the Book competition.
Book Authors and Storytellers
Every year, our student body has had the chance to learn, share and visit with enthusiastic authors and storytellers. Michael Bauer from Australia is a retired English teacher who now is a devoted book author. Storyteller Karen Golden from California shared the love for telling family stories by integrating the saxophone in her presentation. Book author and storyteller Jacinta Plucinski who lives in Hong Kong intrigued students by choosing different endings to her most recent book “Who Ate the Cake.”
Four times a year, students have an opportunity to purchase books from our OBIDO book fairs as well as purchase books for OBIDO book flyers. The goal is to instill an enduring love of reading and to give students an exciting reading adventure by providing them with easy access to books.