International School of Portland has a multilingual library stocked with thousands of books in English, Japanese, Mandarin, and Spanish. All students have structured library classes with our Librarians, and are allowed to check out materials regularly.
The library curriculum teaches library and information research skills, and increases literacy across languages. The classes teach library use, etiquette, and terminology. Lessons include grade-appropriate discussions of basic literary elements (main character, setting, and plot), book talks, and games.
Second through fifth grade students learn to access the library’s electronic catalogue and web resources, while fourth and fifth graders learn to conduct research using various online databases.