Library

Tanglin Trust School’s libraries are vibrant, welcoming environments for students, staff and parents to enjoy for educational and recreational purposes. Each library is run by a specialised Head of Library and supported by qualified library officers.

The Infant Library promotes reading literacy through its carefully selected collection of picture books, chapter books, and non-fiction books. Children are encouraged to read often, broadly, and according to their interests. The role of the traditional book is emphasised but balanced with opportunities to explore e-books, audiobooks, and online learning applications. Children have supervised access to technology such as iPads and Google Chromebooks.

Children are nurtured to foster a love of literature through weekly story times, regular visiting authors, illustrators and by integrating books into many aspects of their school experience. Children are supported on their journey to become information literate global citizens through the level appropriate teaching of library research skills.

The Infant Library includes the Creation Station which provides opportunities for children to develop crucial STEAM skills through exploring, building, creating, and tinkering.

Junior Library resources support the teaching of the curriculum and develop student's interests and hobbies. A collection of books incorporating Learner Profile values has been developed to support teaching and learning activities. Chinese books have also been acquired to support language learning. In addition, we have a collection of e-resources including online newspapers and magazines, which children can access on their iPads.

There are two student library reps per class. One rep is responsible for managing the class library and the other helps the library officers carry out a variety of tasks ranging from shelving books to recommending good books to their peers.

The Junior Library runs the Junior School’s Readers’ Cup competition, encouraging the reading of outstanding books which have won awards around the world. This competition is designed to further promote a reading culture throughout the school and specifically to encourage children to read good quality literature.

The Senior Library is an innovative, well-funded and well-resourced school library of the 21st Century which provides a quiet zone for research, study and reflection as well as an interactive zone for conversation and a collaborative zone for group work and creative project work. Space is also allocated for the fiction and non-fiction physical collections and for teaching and presentations.

Library staff participate in and support the teaching programme, especially in the research process for inquiry-based activities and in promoting a love of reading.

Through its dynamic and interactive website, the library also provides a virtual space which allows students 24-hour access to materials which facilitate learning including digital content, e-books, and curated resource collections for specific subjects and topics.

Children are encouraged to read often, broadly, and according to their interests. The role of the traditional book is emphasised but balanced with opportunities to explore e-books, audiobooks, and online learning applications.