The American Embassy School libraries support the AES Mission. The libraries encourage “inspired lifelong learning” and support all areas of the AES curriculum. Literacy, literature appreciation, inquiry, and collaboration are key components of the library programs. Both libraries’ welcoming environments provide access to current, relevant resources.
The AES libraries hosted two book fairs this year, from Kool Skool and Scholastic. These fairs give our community members opportunities to purchase books for themselves and as gifts. In addition, the libraries get points to use to purchase titles for our collections. Our spring on-campus fairs were canceled due to the campus closure, but we have one more opportunity:
Has a selection of areas that tailor to several different appeals, ranging from quiet study, to working/socializing with peers while being respectful to the rest of the library.
The four most popular print titles in the MSHS Library are all graphic novels this year!
Once the lockdown in Delhi was lifted enough to allow some transportation around the city, the libraries started curbside checkout, which we hope will continue through the summer.
The video above shows Mr. Currey's excitement at receiving his copy of Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson. Fever 1793 was our Big Read title for the year, and every middle school student received a copy to keep. Classroom connections, book discussions, a school-wide Kahoot, and an art contest were held around the book. Unfortunately, Laurie Halse Anderson's visit had to be postponed, but many students found it interesting to make connections between the book and the Covid 19 pandemic.
Author and storyteller Cat Weatherill visited the middle school in January, and told stories to all of the language arts and humanities classes.
"I liked how enthusiastic she was to everyone, and made us laugh a lot. Her stories were very oldish and interesting and creepy and I loved it!"
"I liked listening to her stories. I learned a few tips on how to write or create stories."
"Her visit really made me think about the purpose of stories, why we make them and why we tell them. She really engaged with the audience, so I found it difficult to lose my attention! Visits like these are valuable because they give us an opening to other peoples lives, why they came to be who they are and how. In cases like Cats, it shows us that there are far more career options than we would have originally thought."
Neha Hiranandani, author of Girl Power: Indian Women Who Broke the Rules, spoke to the 7th grade. This was a perfect connection for their study of breaking barriers with their National History Day research projects.
She shared her rules for being a rule breaker: