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Welcome to your Library

Welcome to one of the best Elementary School libraries in the world. 

I don't make that claim lightly. I have visited over 30 International School Libraries in the past 17 years, as well as public libraries, and our Shanghai American School Library is one of the best I've seen. It is one of the best for several reasons.

*We are well resourced when it comes to human, digital and physical resources. With 3 full time staff including a teacher librarian with a Masters as a Library Media Specialist, over 5,000 digital books on our ebook platform and over 25,000 physical books, we are more than ably equipped to assist all students further develop their joy of reading.

*Our collection is regularly curated. A large collection does not equal a good collection. Our team are constantly taking suggestions from our most important patrons; our students. We read numerous blogs and 'best of' lists to keep informed with new releases, and in particular those that reflect the experience of our community. Weeding is undertaken several times a year. This is where we check for books that are out of date, damaged, or have not been circulated for some time. Weeding is an essential element of best library practice.

*FUN! Our aim as a library team is to foster joy and enthusiasm for books, by modeling our passion for reading, helping students discover new stories, and allowing them as much choice as possible. We advocate every day for children to be able to choose books they want to read, regardless of genre, length, or....(I don't even like writing it) reading level! We don't "shoosh" unless we need students to quieten down for the benefit of others. We have cosy spaces and secret spaces, a generous return and renewal schedule and opportunities to play games and colour in once you've checked your books out. 

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Kimbra Power
Shanghai, China

Library Mission, Vision, Enduring Understandings and Essential Agreements

Mission Statement
The mission of the SAS Pudong ES Library program is to ensure that: 

 Students engage in the love of reading in an inclusive, safe and supportive environment.


Vision Statement
               The school library program is the heart of the SAS Community, leading with joy and creativity.


Enduring Understandings Statement
The Enduring Understandings of the SAS Library program are:

  • Reading for pleasure and information is a vital life-skill that inspires compassion and courage
  • Creative inquiry is the basis for life-long learning
  • Equitable access to information is a key component for the development and improvement of humanity
  • Ethical use of information is everyone's responsibility.


Essential Agreements Statement

Students will:

  • Read for pleasure, learning, and personal growth
  • Seek diverse perspectives, gather and use information ethically, and use social tools responsibly and safely
  • Develop skills that enable them to use technology as a tool for learning

Library Expectations

We enter the library respectfully and head to the Early Childhood Library (Pre K and K students) or the Carpet Area in front of the TV.

We don't run in the library because we don't want to bump into anyone or anything and drop our books.

When we need help from Ms Joji, Ms Stella or Ms Kimbra, we use our best manners and wait our turn if they are busy.

We try and learn our school ID number, as it is our username and password for destiny, and helps us find, renew and hold books.

We choose books we want to read, but don't take too many that we can't carry them ourselves.

We remember to bring our own cloth bag, and if we forget, and need a bag, we return it the next day.

As we finish reading our books, we return them to the book drop as we walk by it in the morning, or to our classroom library basket.

Books can be kept for 14 days, however we encourage students to return them as they finish them, to keep them circulating.