welcome to eis
The Escuela Internacional Sampedrana has two libraries to serve in our campus: the Main Library and the ECC (Early Childhood Center) Library located on the SPS campus. We have a little over 43,000 resources in our libraries, including fiction, nonfiction, reference, and professional books, magazines and professional journals, newspapers, eBooks, DVDs, CDs, and more. Our online catalog, Destiny, is available for all members of our school community and can be used for various purposes: locating resources by title, subject, or author, creating and saving resource lists, reviewing specific titles for others to see, searching in databases (EBSCOhost, for example), and finding websites appropriate for students through 12th grade, to name a few. We hope that you will visit one of our libraries soon. Happy reading!
the main library
Located at the center of our campus, serves learners in grades 1-12, as well as parents, faculty, and staff. The library is the heart of our school and plays a key role in engaging purposeful learners, inspiring curious minds, and building exceptional character. It is a place where bonds are developed and connections are made, including connections between readers and books, curious minds and resources, and community members of all ages and roles within the school. In addition to the 25,000 print resources, the library connects learners to our school’s many digital subscriptions such as PebbleGO, BrainPOP, The New York Times, Britannica School, JSTOR, EBSCOhost, CuriosityStream, TumbleBook Library, TeenBookCloud, and others.
All resources can be found and accessed through Destiny Discover, our online catalog (Google login). Destiny Discover can also be used to access our eBooks and digital audiobooks, renew loans, place holds, and to write reviews of books in our collection.
The mission of the EIS library is to enrich and support the educational objectives of the school curriculum and to foster a reading culture in our school community. We aim to meet the learning, recreational, research, and informational needs of our community by providing a welcoming environment for lifelong learning.
The library provides a safe and welcoming environment for every member of our community. During any given school day, you might find students playing chess, readers stretched out with their books, colleagues planning an inquiry lesson, students looking for self selected reading material, or our fabulous PTA deep in a planning session You might see bulldogs assembling one of our community puzzles, someone listening to their jam via headphones while taking a break, foreign hire teachers receiving Spanish lessons, older students tutoring younger students, educators engaged in professional development, or students working on a group project or homework task. Visit us on Instagram at @EISLibrary to see for yourself! Our library director uses the knowledge and expertise of her master of library and information science degree to regularly evaluate library and school resources to ensure that they continue to meet the school's learning, recreational, research, and informational needs. Older, outdated, and obsolete materials are deselected regularly, and new books and resources are added annually to keep the collection fresh. The acquisitions are chosen using suggestions, requests, and recommendations from the school community, as well as international “best of” lists and award winners, and through identifying the curriculum needs. A library committee composed of EIS parents, board members, faculty, and staff reviews the proposed list of materials and provides input before it is purchased. Teachers from all grades are encouraged to bring their students to the library for a myriad of opportunities including extended learning, a change of scenery, researching and investigating, independent or group work, reader’s advisory, and silent reading. Teachers should use this reservation calendar to reserve the Collab Lab or space on the second floor and this reservation calendar to reserve space on the 1st floor.
The ECC Library
The ECC library, a welcoming spot for our youngest bulldogs, provides enriching experiences such as storytime, literacy play, and book selection. Students enjoy read-alouds by teachers, school leaders, and community volunteers both in the library and in our very own reading garden, a healthy and inviting outdoor setting perfect for gathering and growing. Families of our littlest bulldogs are encouraged to visit the ECC library at pick-up time after school to read together, engage with storytelling puppets and props, and to borrow books for reading at home.
ecc family hours
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM