Library Program & Services
- To assure that the collection (print and virtual) is kept current and supports all areas of the curriculum in the Lower School.
- To develop cooperative programming between subject teachers and the Teacher-Librarian.
- To ensure that Information Literacy Skills are taught and used at all grade levels.
- To encourage the boys to develop reading for pleasure as a pastime.
Through regularly scheduled library periods, and collaborative planning with faculty, the library program aims to develop students' facility with ideas and information, their critical thinking and ethical research skills, and their love of reading. Specific clubs and services form part of this program, and they are listed below.
Kids' Lit Quiz
Kids' Lit Quiz is a 20 year old international reading program and event that challenges students to become experts in the sport of reading. The Grades 5 & 6 boys train for the National finals. Crescent School will be hosting the National Finals in February 2013. Last year, Crescent teams placed 7th and 10th out of 44 teams. There will be 2 teams of four boys chosen to represent Crescent. The main premise of this competition is to nurture the love of reading and literature. Check out www.kidslitquiz.ca to see what it is all about.
This new club at Crescent for boys in Grades 5 & 6 will draw on literacy and numeracy skills, build social skills, and provide an arena for safe competition. We will be participating in an inter-school Scrabble Tournament between independent schools. This is an exciting opportunity for our students to showcase their learning and team spirit
The Dad's Read program for Grades 3 & 4 boys (and their dads!) is running for the second time at Crescent this year. Boys and their dads will be invited to take part in a reading challenge over the winter. An in-house competition will follow in early spring. Male role-models in reading is an important strategy to develop and keep our boys reading, and we are very excited to be offering this program again this year.
Students in Grades 3 and 4 use the Accelerated Reader software to assess their reading and grow as readers. The books used are popular novels. Each book is leveled and has an associated reading comprehension quiz. The home form teachers and the teacher-librarian work together to select books that will motivate and encourage reading.