Library

The ISK library is an active and welcoming space, designed for 21st century learning and used by the entire ISK community. Located at the heart of the school, it contains spaces for dynamic group learning as well as for independent study. Its collection contains over 25,000 books, multiple online resources and 75 magazine subscriptions, providing students with a wide selection of materials for both academic and recreational reading. Wireless internet access is available throughout.


The library aims to help students develop their abilities to be independent, creative, responsible and effective users of ideas and information in order to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing, multicultural world and pursue their passions. Its mission includes developing our students as lifelong readers, by providing a wide range of appropriate materials for all reading abilities and age levels, through a variety of mediums.

Although housed under one roof, the library has separate collections and spaces for Elementary and Secondary (Middle and High School) students, with a specialist librarian assigned to each.

Library staff are available to assist students and to support activities related to reading and writing, such as book groups, author visits, writing competitions and reading challenges.

More About the Library

Summer Reading Challenge 2019

ISK Library Research Hub

ISK Research Process

Through an agreed Research Process and Standards, librarians and teachers partner to teach students the skills they need to be researchers in the 21st century. We are committed to having our students address authentic problems and questions that matter, using authoritative information, critical thinking and creativity, in an ethical manner.

THE BIG FIVE RESEARCH PROCESS:

Middle/High School Version (students can access the interactive version on Moodle)

Elementary School Version (as seen below)

Author Visits

Author visits enhance the library and literacy curriculum at ISK and are considered valuable to our students for developing their writing skills and their appreciation of literature. They also provide a unique insight into the world of publishing.

Each year the library hosts a visit by at least one successful published author. In 2015-16, we welcomed 3 visiting authors: Eric Walters, John Coy (for our ES students) and Ishmael Beah (for our 9th and 10th graders).

In 2017, a pair of poets spent a week with us: Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger.

In 2018-19, Steve Swinburne, author of more than 30 children's books, was on campus. He presented at the ES and MS Assemblies and conducted writing workshops with ES and MS students. Students came away with some big ideas..."strong verbs, cool details and hook the reader"!

We also hosted Kenyan/Scottish storyteller, Mara Menzies, as well as Virginia Clay, Kenyan resident and author of Warrior Boy, who engaged our students and inspired them as readers, writers and storytellers.

Parent Use of the Library

“The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children.”
Jim Trelease, The Read-Aloud Handbook

Are parents allowed to use the library?

Not only are they allowed to use the library, they are encouraged to do so! By reading aloud and by modeling reading, you make a valuable contribution to your child's successful acquisition of the literacy skills that are fundamental to learning. You'll find we have a large selection of picture books and chapter books to share with your child, as well as reading material to satisfy your own needs (this includes magazines, novels, cookbooks, books about Kenya, parenting books, travel books and much more).

How does it work?

Come into the library any time to sign up for a library card. Parents who can't come during the week are reminded that the library is open on Saturday mornings. We invite you to check out 10 items at a time for a loan period of 3 weeks. Our DVD collection has been selected to support the curriculum and is mainly for teacher use, but parents may use it over weekends and during holidays.

Does the library need volunteers?

ISK community members are encouraged to visit Library Staff to inquire as to how they might serve as a volunteer in the library. As well as needing volunteers on a regular basis, extra help is needed to help coordinate events such as the annual author visit and the Scholastic student book order

Staff & Hours

Staff:

Julie Ann Conroy - ES Librarian and Head Librarian

Kristina Yoho- MS/HS Librarian

Jane Gichuru - Assistant Librarian

Peter Muthusi - Circulation Supervisor

Grace Kitili - Library Assistant

Hours:

Monday to Friday: 7:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. (1:30 p.m. closure on Wednesdays)

Saturdays: 8:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

School Holidays (if not a national holiday): 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.