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The School Library

The Vision 

To promote interest in reading among pupils and equip them with basic library skills

The School Library @ CHIJ (Katong) Primary is a vibrant and colourful haunt for our pupils. 

They relish reading the wide range of books and magazines and playing the exciting computer games available in the library. Each girl is allowed to borrow 4 books (at least 2 MTL books) fortnightly, including CD-ROMs from the library.

From 2019, Ms Sharon Lim is the Library Coordinator, with Mrs Faith Heng (Subject Head/English Language) as the Overall In-Charge. Other members include Mrs. Anna Lim, Mrs Macrina Fernandez and Mdm Hamidah, the librarian. We work together to organise programmes that will instill good reading habits in our girls.

The following are the various 
NEW initiatives planned for the pupils:

  • Silent Reading (USSR) to be conducted before school starts. 
    • From Monday to Wednesday, students are to bring English story books to read before flag-raising ceremony. 
    • From Thursday to Friday, they have to bring a MTL book to read. NTIL students will bring an English book instead.
  • More regular Mobile Library @ Canteen (EL and MT): To make it more convenient for the pupils to borrow books, a book kiosk will be set up in the canteen during recess.    
  • Storytelling@Recesses: Parent-Volunteers read to girls in the Library to enthuse them to read interesting books of different genres during their recesses (P1 & P2; P3 & P4 )      
  • Fortnightly schedules for Library periods (P1& P2): EL teachers will lead their classes to the library fortnightly to borrow books.
  • Books In Bag for P1 & P2 (BIB): Each child will use a bag with her register number and leave it for Mdm Hamidah to scan the books. She will deliver to the classroom when it is done and collect the bags from the class on a later date.
  • Display of Class Readership Chart / Super Reader Awards per term at Assembly & on the library door
  • Long Recess activities like Origami, Treasure Hunt etc.
  • Assembly Book Talks by authors   

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Post-exam activities for each level:

P3: Librarian’s Challenge (Term 4)

  • Learn about the library through a fun scavenger hunt at Marine Parade Library.

P4: Read, Reap, Write  (Term 2 and 4)

  • Pupils explore how stories are related to the world around them through engaging series of discussions and activities.

P5: 'Dare to Read' (May to July)

  • An independent experiential reading journey over 3 months.
  • An incredibly exciting, fun and challenging reading activity when pupils find out answers through books, other resources found in the public and school libraries and the internet.
  • Pupils go on a thrilling adventure as they go on a quest to solve mission every week.
  • Pupils redeem tokens with each successfully completed mission. 

For P1: BOOK-a-Date with Daddy

A bonding session between father and daughter through reading at a ‘picnic’ in our school hall, with a simple reflection activity at the end of the programme.

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Continuing with the current programme: 

Through this programme, the students are more familiar with:        
  1. Different sections of the library
  2. Library etiquette    
  3. Programmes and competitions organised by the library


Super Reader Badges - Termly rewards for those who meet the target number of books read.

P1 – 20               Target: 80 by end Oct 
P2 – 20               Target: 80 by end Oct 
P3 – 30               Target: 110 by end Oct
P4 – 30               Target: 110 by end Oct                 
P5 – 10               Target: 35 by end Oct 
P6 – 5                 Target: 18 by end Oct

Master Reader Badges - Year-end rewards for those who hit the target number of books borrowed for the whole year (see above).

Year-end rewards for the top 3 classes with the highest borrowing rate of books

Reading Reviews submitted will also get small tokens from Mdm Hamidah.

Selected students will be trained by the teachers to become RAs, who will promote the School Library activities, like storytelling, Book-a-Date with Daddy, Mobile Library, buddy reading, participating in Lit Quiz/competitions, recommendations of favourite books to their classmates and organising and decorating their class library.