Our Learning Commons is available to the teachers and students of St. John XXIII in support of the learning inside each classroom. Our Learning Commons serves as the "hub of the school" by facilitating the following:
- fostering a love and understanding of literature through library classes, book clubs and the Forest of Reading program
- aiding teachers and students in their quest for information
- supporting students in their acquisition of research/inquiry skills and ability to process information
- helping students develop reading fluency and leadership skills through the All Star Reading program
- and aiding students and teachers in use of technology
Kindergarten students may take one book each week from the library. The Kindergarten class has library on Thursday and the SK/1 class on Monday.. Students in grades 1 – 3 may take 2 books each week. Grades 4 – 8 may take 2 books bi-weekly as they tend to read lengthier novels. Students may only have two books out at a time, so if they return only 1 book, they may only take out 1 book. If a student has a book overdue and is blocked in the system, he/she must return or reimburse the school for the value of the borrowed material(s) before he/she may take any more material(s). Students working on projects may take out additional materials beyond their pleasure reading books.
These blocks of time are available to all classes in the school to work on literacy and/or inquiries with the teacher-librarian in the library/computer lab. Classroom teachers and Mrs. Gremmen work collaboratively on a variety of literacy and inquiry projects. These blocks are for 80 minutes 3 times a week.