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!
After visiting Dulwich College Singapore and Singapore American School earlier in the day, our third school visit was at Tanglin Trust School. Suzanne Parfitt of the Upper School Library kindly toured us around her newly renovated and expanded space plus the Junior and Infant Libraries. In addition, Suzanne showed us the Staff Library (!) which is a lovely collaborative faculty room with tons of learning resources, a kitchen area, and windows. So important!
Tanglin is celebrating its 90th birthfay, and the library hose 90 books (one from each year of its existance) to highlight. Something I noticed and loved was that EVERY library we visited had a reading theater space which doubles as classroom performance space. Hard to achieve in a city school without oodles of available spaces spread about sprawling campuses but soooo valuable…
Check out Tanglin’s Infant Library’s story sacks! And the screen saver that the 6th grader sees when she logs onto the computer reminding her of the school’s Responsible Use Policy! Also, notice the beautiful new space offering flexible collaborative learning opportunities — it is furnished with Steelcase furniture, writeable surfaces, and maker materials — all in an area which was formally an open patio!