The library at the Miguel Angel Asturias Academy is buzzing away with a variety of events. The brand new tables (acquired from funds contributed by the LWB volunteers who visited the library in April 2013) , are being used for multiple activities.
Students of all grades enjoy the board games lent out during recess, and the library even houses various chess competitions. We have had ”skype” sessions with our sister school in Pennsylvania, and of course students pop in for pleasure reading. Throughout the week every grade level comes to the library for reading and literacy activities.
Lending Library Development
The size of the library’s collection is increasing, and the development of a lending system is well underway. Presently each item on the shelf is being verified with a Master Inventory List, prepared by LWB volunteers, and is being assigned a barcode and scanned onto the inventory list. Once the master list has been completed with each item in the library catalogue, the information will be transferred onto the new Library Integrated System Software, BookCat. This all means we will be one step closer to letting Asturias Academy students take books home using a computerized lending system.
Reading comprehension classes have been ongoing in the library. We are in the process of creating new reading cards or “fichas de lectura” with various questions related to fiction and non-fiction books.
Each month the library displays books related to the “Generative theme” or “Tema generador” for students to read and discuss in class. In this respect the library is integral to the school curriculum.
It has been a pleasure to work with LWB at the Miguel Angel Asturias Academy Library. We are thankful for your ongoing professional support.
The library team: Dora Araceli, Laura Chojolán and Shanoor Gulamali (July 2013)
Dora Domínguez is a retired teacher, she worked at Miguel Angel Asturias Academy as a grade 3 teacher since 2006 and has been the librarian since 2012. Presently she teachers literacy to all the primary level students who come to the library. Her grandson attends the Asturias Academy.
Laura Chojolan has been teaching Physics and Chemistry at the school since 2010. She started to work at the library in 2013 teaching literacy to grades 7 to 12. She also taught adult literacy in the community and initiated the first reading club at the school in 2006. She is a medical student at “la universidad Mesoamericana”.
Shanoor Gulamali is a recent graduate from the ischool at the University of Toronto and began working at the Asturias Academy in May 2013. She teaches English to grades 11 and 12 and is presently cataloguing the Asturias library books and helping to develop the lending system. She is teaching some literacy classes while Laura is presently doing her practicum. Shanoor is the recipient of the 2013 – 2014 LWB Librarian stipend.