As the air gets cooler, students flock to the warmth of the library. They migrate to research, and nest in newfound ideas. As much as I love bird metaphors to describe the lure of the library, I am also interested in looking at library use in terms of numbers. This year, I will post the library’s stats each month to give newsletter readers and myself an idea of just how many physical books are checked out each month, and how our physical resource collection is being updated.
In October, 237 books from the Honourable A. Gordon Cooper Library circulated, and we added a further 43 books to our collection. New books include updated science fair resources on topics like artificial intelligence, mental health, and skin colour. Further, we brought in updated history resources for International Baccalaureate (IB) students writing extended essays and internal assessment essays. Yes, history can be updated! Just ask one of our IB history teachers, Mr.Alan Dick.
We also added to our graphic novel collection. Junior School students make good use of these books during their regular reading periods in the library and will often check these out. Graphic novels have become increasingly popular as a sophisticated way to tell a story through image and text. These are not merely comic books, they are engaging long-form stories with literary merit. For some younger or newer readers, graphic novels provide a bridge to the habit of reading that will lead them onward and upward.