At MRIS Mohali, library is a place with open access system, which is more than an ‘Information Resource Centre’ wherein students come with full enthusiasm not only to access books, but also to do various other activities.
Children explore the information from different information resources like reading books, various periodicals and other reference material. They not only read books but also borrow books for home. Most of them carry books to their home every day. Library is also a good platform for Life Skill Sessions, Storytelling Sessions, Academic Workshops and Annual Projects. Early years’ children give wings to their imagination through picture books, touch and feel books, audio books and pop-up books.
Class-Library connectivity is done during Academic Workshops wherein children visit the library to complete their work and review the work done in the class. They explore the dictionaries, encyclopaedias to retrieve the information related to their concerned learning areas or annual projects.
Children take up various activities in library like: vocabulary building by reading newspapers, weaving their our own story with new words, writing book reviews, solving word puzzles, cross words, spotting the difference and many more. They also make ‘Factual Diaries’ by reading newspapers. All these language differentiated activities provide a happy learning environment that helps children to keep themselves updated.
IPads are an effective piece of technology in MRIS library. Pre-Primary classes use them during their ‘Techno Skill’ sessions and Primary classes read books online through ‘Kindle’.
Through Online Public Access Catalogue of ENTAB software parents can access the list of books, reserve the book for their ward and keep a track on daily circulation of books.
Special activities have been designed in the library to mark the importance and celebrate significant days like the World Book Day, World Magazine Day and birthdays of different Authors. Children read their favourite stories and watch and listen to stories online on the iPads.
After reading reference books students display amazing facts on ‘TRIVIA’ tree. It is one of the best practices of library though which children collect different information on different aspects of life.