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CIS Secondary Library: Making the Virtual Visible

Perhaps you were wondering... reading for pleasure all that necessary? My days are "too busy" to spend 30 minutes a day with a book.

I hear that sentiment way too often, even from younger students. To the argument that you are "too busy" to read, I say balderdash. 

There's a lot of research that points to daily pleasure reading as a lifelong benefit. Mental stimulation, vocabulary expansion, improved writing skills, improved focus, greater empathy, and stronger skills of analysis are just a few I can mention. There are plenty of other benefits of reading, but these are just a few.

How do you overcome that "lack of time" for pleasure reading? Try these ideas:

  • Turn off devices while you read.
  • Engage in a short, simple book to rediscover the reader in you.
  • Talk to your librarian about book options.
  • Just as you schedule extracurricular activities, schedule time for reading.
  • Stop with the social media. Surely you spend 30 minutes a day frittering about online.

Life is not so demanding that we don't have time for reading, and that excuse rings quite hollow. There is too much to lose by not making the time for a good book.


Where in the World?

Guess the Reader!

Can you Guess the Readers in these slides?

If you can correctly identify 25 of the 30 readers, you will win a prize!

In the meantime, find out what books these folks like and read them yourselves. You are surrounded by readers, and they are all interesting people. Discover more through reading and discussing books.

Conduct a basic search of materials in this window. For more extensive searches, you can log in to your Destiny account by using your Moongate password. 



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Library Information

Library Hours



Your Secondary Library Staff

Ms Che, Ms Mak, Ms Wong, & Mr Anderson

Currently the Secondary Library holds approximately 40,000 items for the students, faculty, and CIS community to borrow. On the upper floor of the library we feature our Chinese collection, English fiction, periodicals, Ebooks, and audio books. On our lower floor, one will find English non-fiction, French and Spanish materials, Extended Essays, Personal Projects, reference books, Professional Development materials and DVDs.

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Policies and Privileges

It is your responsibility to bring your school ID card each day.


As students, you must use your school ID cards for access to all services provided in the Library. All items to check out include print materials and equipment such as E-readers, calculators and power adapters, and you must have your ID to do so.  You can also use your student ID card for photocopying and printing. 


Beyond that simple statement, it gets even easier:

  • Respect your Library space   
  • Respect other students in your Library   
  • Respect everything and everyone in your Library

Material Type

Loan Period

Overdue Prices

Replacement Costs**

Books (print & digital) 14 days


$100 (fiction)

$200 (non-fiction)

Magazines and Journals 14 days N/A* $100
Audio-Visual (Audiobooks, DVDs, etc.) 14 days N/A* $200
Kindles 14 days N/A* $1,200**
Reference materials  1 day N/A* $200
Calculators and chargers/adapters 1 day $20 per day

Calculator: $1,100

Charger/adapter: $588**

*Rather than charging fees for most overdue materials, we ask that you return or renew items. You will not be allowed to check out any additional items if you owe a fine or have anything overdue. The rule of thumb: if you expect to check something out, take care of your obligations.

**If a missing or damaged item is part of a set and we are not able to replace the missing portion, then you need to pay for the replacement of the entire set, which means the cost may be significantly higher. This applies to both books and AV materials.


TED Talks


"TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less)." Take time to learn more about some fascinating topics.