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The Library at the Metropolitan School of Panama strives to support and encourage students’ academic pursuits and pleasure reading interests through a positive, stimulating and student centered environment. 

The library serves students in Early Childhood 3 to 6th grade and is the foundation for all IB PYP areas of curriculum, providing library resources to the classroom to support the Units of Inquiry (UOI). 

The library has adopted a flexible learning model in which teachers work collaboratively with Specialists and the Librarian to identify the uses and integration of Information Fluency skills in the classrooms.

Information Fluency Skills

Information Fluency skills, guided by the Elementary School Language curriculum, are integrated into appropriately connected Units of Inquiry to provide meaningful and practical learning experiences. Students are encouraged to become independent Library users and lifelong readers through the development of a love of literacy. 

Through Information Fluency lessons delivered by the Elementary School Librarian and/or Homeroom teacher, students learn to:

  • Identify and select books from various genres 
  • Understand the difference between fiction and nonfiction resources 
  • Select books based upon review, reflection and reading level
  • Correctly use shelf markers and understand that books have a particular place on the shelf 
  • Understand the responsibility of borrowing books and the importance of book care
  • Understand that the Library is a community space housing shared resources
  • Participate in shared and read aloud group storytimes for enjoyment 
  • Show awareness of page numbers and how they work 
  • Identify most major parts of a book, including Contents, Index, and Glossary pages and how these are used 
  • Demonstrate a beginning understanding of how to use the Destiny catalog to search for and locate books, developing research skills