Library Policies

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Learning Commons Rules

  • The Librarian is here to answer any questions
  • Visitors should use quiet indoor voices
  • Visitors must respect the space and materials
  • Children must be supervised by an adult at all times
  • All materials must be checked out by a Librarian
  • The Learning Commons is a cell phone free zone
  • No food or drinks are permitted in the Learning Commons
  • Students and caregivers are responsible for cleaning up after themselves
  • Students should always use a browsing stick
  • All middle school students must sign in at the Circulation Desk

Print Circulation Policy

Students in kindergarten and 1st grade may check out up to 2 books.

2nd and 3rd graders may check out up to 3 books.

4th graders and up may check out up to 4 books.

Students may choose to renew their materials for an additional two weeks.

If a book(s) are not returned by the end of the school year, families are responsible for replacing the exact title or paying a replacement fee of $20.

Book Donations

At this time, we are unable to accept donations of physical materials (books) to the Library collection. Those wishing to donate gently used books must contact Director of Lower School Rosa Torres at about the possibility of adding them to classroom collections, pending consideration for relevance to the curriculum.


Material Selection Policy

Selecting books for the ISB Library is an ongoing process. Items are selected in an effort to support the academic and creative arts curriculum, and foster a love of reading. The librarian is responsible for selecting books, and suggestions from students and faculty are welcome. The ISB Library supports an individual's Freedom to Read and adheres to the American Library Association's Bill of Rights. Subscriptions to databases are purchased on a yearly basis and their usefulness is evaluated prior to renewing the subscription. Databases are purchased not to replace books within the library, but to increase the accessibility of information.


Procedure for Challenged Books

We value open communication and hope that any objections concerning materials in the library collection can be discussed in a friendly manner and preferably be resolved informally. If this is not possible, the inquirer will be asked to complete a Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials form. The form should be given to the librarian, who will then discuss the matter with the School Directors. It is imperative that everyone evaluating the material, as well as the inquirer, read the material in its entirety. A decision should be made quickly and the challenged material should remain in circulation during the process.

Translation is an Art

by Regan Penaluna, ISB Library Committee Member On Wednesday, April 27th, a crowd of students, parents, and staff gathered in the school gym for a panel discussion on “Translation is an Art”—an impressive event dreamed up and led by school librarians Maria Falgoust and Amy Ribakove. The walls were adorned with posters created by the

Books to Read Aloud to Your Lower School Child

Below is a selection of great books to read aloud with your primary school children recommended by the ISB Community, in no specific order but organized by language. Members of the Library Committee and others were asked to recommend a book and share what they love about it. Most of the books listed below are meant to be enjoyed primarily as hard copies, especially when the illustrations are outstanding, but we have tried to make a note when a recording (podcast or audiobook) is available to supplement the experience. Recordings will be useful to ISB parents who do not speak the target language, or to those in need of a short break.

Middle School Reading Recommendations and Tips for New Language Learners

By Raquel Frechette, ISB parent and Library Committee Member, with support from Language Acquisition Teachers, Emilie Berger and Oscar Pau   Picture this: You’re a 6th Grade ISB student. Maybe you’re new to the school and brand new to learning a second language. Or maybe you’re not new, and you’ve been at ISB since your