The aims of our library are:
- To support the educational programme at our school.
- To encourage initiative and spontaneity in the quest for learning: in other words, not only to offer numerous and varied sources, but to help children develop the skills of identifying, evaluating and utilising information.
- To stimulate the children’s interest and love for books and help them, through different stimuli, to discover and develop their individual interests.
In order to achieve these goals, the library offers the following:
- Study, research or free reading.
Either as part of their class or individually at break time, children of all years can seek information, work or read something of their liking.
- Lending library:
Students are permitted to borrow books for use outside the library. Each student can borrow one Greek or foreign book at a time for a period of one to fifteen days.
- Library time:
For the Kindergarten, as well as for the first four years of primary school, a library time is set aside in the weekly school programme. At this time, children read a fairy tale or a short story, participate in activities related to the class project, or engage in free reading of their choice.
- Bookworm club
This Club operates on a voluntary basis and numbers about two hundred members each year. The children read selected books according to their year, participate in book-related events and receive awards at the Bookworm Festival at the end of the year.
- Library Orientation – Information literacy seminars:
Students learn how to locate the sources they need and become familiar with their use and classification. They also learn why and how to be consistent with regard to academic honesty and, consequently, they avoid plagiarism.
- Project work:
In collaboration with teachers, a number of projects are carried out: The topics are selected, information is collated and questions are formulated. Students search for their material in printed and electronic sources provided and work on it either on-site or off-site.
- Meetings with literary scholars (authors, illustrators, researchers, etc.) who present their work and hold discussions with the students.
- Educational programmes:
In collaboration with form teachers, educational programmes offered by museums or other institutions are enhanced with activities which complement the taught curriculum.