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What is happening in the library?

A percolating question in the minds of many CFIS parents over the past several months is: What happens in the ever-evolving and dynamic, mystical land of black-and-white-text, feathers, glue, cardboard, robots and LEGO? Starting in the early childhood division, students are introduced to various books, rhymes and songs to help with vocabulary development en Français and to foster the love of reading. Recently, grades 1 through 4 students participated in some exciting makerspace activities like building a Roman arch and making First-Nations talking sticks. These activities develop the students’ problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. Grades 5 and 6 students have been discussing, and thus deepening, their knowledge of digital citizenship and digital literacy, as they prepare for their first classroom research projects. Our junior and senior high students program robots, read, relax in the Zen Zone and play board games. 

But what are students learning? While it might sound like it’s all fun and games, when students engage in library programming, they are building the foundation for lifelong success. Cultural diversity and international perspectives, digital citizenship, French language skills and the ethical use of intellectual property are just some of the subjects that are touched upon. Through this programming, the library is gently encouraging students to be more sensitive, inquisitive and innovative as they discover. Students are also encouraged to discover the worlds within the pages of the libraries’ rich print resources. 

If you would like to learn more about what’s happening in our libraries, keep an eye on your child’s grade-specific newsletters and consider being a part of the library magic through volunteering. To volunteer, please email Donna Ruggins at