I’m in Singapore for the weekend! I visited schools and libraries with Kim Beeman, Head of Libraries at Shrewsbury International School in Bangkok. Many thanks to Katie Day , Head of Library at UWCSEA East in Singapore for helping to coordinate our visits and hosting us!
Kim and I began the day at Dulwich College Singapore, the chain’s newest campus with the requisite clock tower just like at all the other locations. The brand new school opened its doors in August of 2014 to 900 students. They still have sports facilities, new libraries, dormitories, and other spaces to build by 2016. Laura Taylor, their Head Librarian, showed around. She tought me about story sacks, though apparently many librarians know to stuff carry bags with many books and resources of a similar genre or theme. Every room in Dulwich had short-throw Smart projectors. Also, there were LCD screens with rotating slideshows outside every classroom. One of my favorite design ideas in the school wete the indoor/outdoor bathrooms. Laura is building the libraries’ collections, working with teachers, scheduling classes, designing learning spaces, planning read alouds, building community around literacy, organizing wall displays, and doing awesome things with QR codes, Aurasma, GoodReads, ebooks, and so many other innovative ideas. She’s a total dynamo and a great sharer of ideas.