The CIS Library represents an academic and recreational resource for students in Grades K-12, faculty, staff, parents and the extended CIS community. The 30,000-volume collection includes fiction and non-fiction materials, print and digital reference resources, a variety of digital magazines, and non-print media including DVDs.

CIS Library Mission Statement

School library media programs are integral to student achievement. The philosophy of the CIS Library Media Center is to ensure that all students are effective and ethical users of ideas and information. The Library Media Centre engages in collaborative learning and strives to provide the school community with a wide range of materials on appropriate levels of difficulty that will encourage growth in knowledge, establish a lifelong love of reading, and foster information literacy.


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Hours and Policies


The CIS Library is open Mondays through Fridays 7:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Parents are welcome to visit the library with their children for book selection, quiet reading, or homework every afternoon from 2:15 to 4:30 pm. Parents with nursery students are welcome with their child at the end of their child’s school day.

Secondary students may use the library as a study space at lunch and after school each day.

On Tuesdays, we are potentially closed after school during all-staff meetings.

Library Expectations
  • Those using the library must be respectful of other students by keeping voices to a minimum and by staying on task
  • Students are to respect the library space as well as the library materials and resources
  • In order to upkeep the high quality of the library space and materials, food and drink are not allowed in the library

Library Policies

Circulation Policy

The school library media center strives to provide students with a wide range of educational materials on all levels of difficulty and in a variety of formats. Students are given 10 minutes at the end of each class to check out books. Patrons with no overdue or lost items may check out items according to the guidelines:

  • Pre-K4:  1 book
  • Kindergarten:  1 book for the first half of the year (picture books), 2 during the second half (1 leveled reader, 1 book of choice)

Both Pre-K4 and Kindergarten receive a plastic book bag at the beginning of the year to carry their books back and forth to protect the books from spills and damages. They are responsible for remembering it weekly.

  • Grades 1-5:  2 books (not including novel studies and books for classroom projects)
  • Grades 6 and up:  2 fiction books, 3 non-fiction (excluding novel studies)
  • Parents:  2 books per child
  • Textbooks are not included in checkout limitations

Books are typically checked out for 1 week. All loans can be renewed. Items, which are on loan, can be reserved and suggestions for new titles are always welcome.

There will be no fines charged for overdue items, however, they should be returned as soon as possible. No other books will be issued until the overdue item has been returned.

If a book is lost or damaged, then it must be paid for in full.

Acquisitions Policy

Collection Development
  • It is the policy of the CIS Library to provide a broad range of educational materials to enrich and support the curriculum and to meet the needs of individual students, teachers, and the CIS community. Materials are available in a variety of formats and represent varying levels of difficulty and points of view.  In selecting materials, principles outweigh personal opinion. Materials are considered for their quality and appropriateness to ensure that diverse interests, needs, and viewpoints are represented in a well-balanced, systematically developed collection.

  • Materials are selected with these criteria:
    • Educational significance
    • Physical format
    • Presentation
    • Readability
    • Authenticity/accuracy in factual content
    • Artistic quality and/or literary style
  • Materials will be purchased in a variety of formats with efforts made to incorporate emerging technology when they meet the selection criteria.

Donated Materials Policy

Donated materials in good conditions are accepted and evaluated according to the materials selection policy. Donated materials not selected for inclusion in the collection will be given to the classroom teachers, if applicable, or donated to a local charitable organization like LIFE.


Christine Szeryk - School Library Media Specialist

Jonalie Pepito - Library Media Assistant

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