Want the best weapons? We are in the Library-Books!
‘There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.’
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
How often might you see ‘trees’ sprouting from the floor of a school library, ceilings painted to give an ‘eco-feel’, art work produced by the students of a sister school in GEMS as a result of our students exploring and explaining to them what life is like in Kampala or indeed, a museum that displays for students artefacts from previous times?
You can not help but notice such things in the new Secondary school library of our school. This completely redesigned and refurbished area was officially opened on the 2nd September, 2015. It is large and spacious facility that has been specially designed to provide a light, open yet functional learning bay for students. Giant books about pygmies and small books about giants now wait anxiously to be read. The book stock of all shapes, sizes and genres have been especially chosen to meet the wide range of reading habits and interests that teenagers demonstrate. Novels by Bronte, Rowling, Tolkien, Dickens, Achebe, CS Lewis, Pratchett, Horowitz intermingle with non-fiction materials about art and design, sports, history, computing, biographies, science or the geographical features of Uganda and the various animals and birds often found in this part of the world. However, the books provided are not just for students. Parents are welcome to visit, browse and borrow books for themselves. Need to put together a meal with an Indian recipe? Visit the Secondary library! You will find such books to browse and borrow.
In addition to the wide range of reading material, we have added various new technologies to further help students use the library effectively in pursuit of their studies. iMac computers, tablet technology, e-readers and audio books have been added. To complete the picture a touch screen wide panel helps students make presentations or explore the internet.
The above of course relates to our Secondary library. We do not forget the younger children and over the course of the Academic Year 2015/16, our Primary library will also be totally refurbished and additional materials added.
In short, we believe that all students should have as wide a range of reading materials as possible. Our range of literature is there to enable reading for pleasure, to broaden knowledge, develop skills and enhance the quality of learning. After all:
‘There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favourite book.’