Library

Welcome to the WYIS library community! Our aim is to provide a professional and fun environment that encourages greater community relationships and prepares our students for future reading and research adventures.

We are continually working to improve the library. Do you have ideas for programs we can offer or books we should have? We welcome your feedback. In fact, we have a notebook dedicated just to book recommendations. Please stop by the library and explore all we have available.

What's New for the 2019/2020 School Year?

We have official WYIS library book bags! We give one to every student but also have extras available for purchase. If you would like one, please pay for it at the Cashier desk and then come to the library for your bag. Bags are 15 RMB each.

We also have a “holds” book cart. Whenever a book you requested becomes available for you, the system will send you an email, and we will place the book on the holds cart with your name and the hold expiration date.

LIBRARY CATALOG

The LIBRARY CATALOG is where it all starts. In the catalog, you can look up what books are available and view information about your account. Our catalog system is called Destiny, so you may sometimes hear us refer to the catalog that way. Bookmark this site (library.wyischina.com) and visit the catalog and the library often.

ABOUT US

Our Library's Mission

WYIS, together with the library teams at our other iSC schools, compiled this mission statement for all iSC school libraries. This is what we hope to accomplish in the library:

  • Facilitate and assist in the development of patrons’ reading and information literacy by providing a variety of information from various viewpoints. By patrons, we seek to serve primarily our students and staff, and secondarily our communities.
  • Support and enhance our schools’ overall curriculum needs and access to information.
  • Encourage the development of students’ senses of responsibility, both as individuals and as part of a community, in order to become lifelong learners – thinkers who can analyze, evaluate, and integrate ideas and information.

Hannah Carter

While her passport country is the U.S.A. and most of her family lives there, Ms. Carter was born in Kenya and spent most of her childhood in both Kenya and Zambia. She graduated from Rift Valley Academy in Kenya, and then earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Houghton College in New York. From there she worked as a school librarian in the United Arab Emirates for two years, earned a master’s degree in Library Science from Indiana University, then moved to Wuhan to work at WYIS.

Ms. Carter is passionate about many things – information literacy, different cultures and languages, books, music, drama, and board games, just to name a few. She is eager to learn more about the cultures and experiences represented at our school.

Interesting fact: Like WYIS, her high school mascot was also a buffalo.

Susan Tang

Mrs. Tang graduated from college in the first year of 21st century. Her major is English education. Her first job was to teach English to Chinese students from age 6-12. After 5 years of being an English teacher, she worked on a children’s books publishing project with a publishing company for almost 6 years. Her favorite picture books are The Tales of Three Trees and Guess How Much I Love You.

Mrs. Tang enjoys reading, movie, music, drama, and board games. When she plays board games like phase ten with friends, she is always the loudest one.

Interesting fact: After she came to work in WYIS library, she was reminded by her best college roommate and friend that when she was in college, she shared with her classmates that her dream job in the future was to work in a library. Yes, her dreams come true!

LIBRARY BASICS

Hours

STUDENTS
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday - 7:45 – 2:00
Tuesday - 7:45 – 3:05

PARENTS
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday - 7:45 – 9:30, 2:30 – 4:00
Tuesday - 7:45 – 9:30, 2:30 – 3:05

Parents must sign in at the reception desk and receive a visitor pass before coming to the library.

Who can have a library account?

Who can have a library account?
• Staff
• Students
• Students’ parents
• NOT grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.
• NOT siblings attending different schools

Checkout Policies

Most may check out up to four books at one time and may keep them for up to two weeks with one renewal. To renew a book means to extend the deadline. If you are not finished with a book by the time it is due, you can renew the book by bringing it to the library and asking to renew it. So long as it is not needed for a class, we can give you two more weeks to finish the book.

If you return your book after its due date, you will need to pay an overdue fine (see “Fines” below). As an extra incentive, students who have overdue books cannot check out additional books until they have returned their overdue book.

You may only check out books to your own account. Parents may not check out books to their child’s account or to their spouse’s account, and students may not check out books to their parent’s account. This is part of our library’s safety and security policies. We take safety very seriously, and protecting your privacy is part of that.

Not every grade has the same checkout limit. The following are the specific policies for students:

  • ECC 3: No checkout
  • ECC4: 1st semester: no checkout; 2nd semester: 1 book for 1 week, but only to the classroom; no overdue policy
  • ECC5: 1st semester: 1 book for 1 week, only to the classroom; 2nd semester: 1 book for 1 week, can go home; no overdue policy
  • Grade 1: 2 books for 2 weeks, 1 renewal; regular overdue policy
  • Grade 2: 3 books for 2 weeks, 1 renewal; regular overdue policy
  • Grades 3-12: 4 books for 2 weeks, 1 renewal; regular overdue policy

Additional Policies

After-School Policies
Elementary students may come to the library after school only if they are accompanied by their parent or other guardian. Secondary students are considered responsible and independent enough to come to the library without parent supervision. However, they must sign in using the library’s student sign-in sheet. Student safety is very important to us. These policies follow standard safety and security measures.

Fines
You will owe the library 1 RMB for every day a book is late. If your book is ten days late, you will owe 10 RMB. If you have two overdue books and each is three days late, you will owe 6 RMB. Weekends count as only one day.

Lost Books
If you or your child loses a book, please let us know, and then continue looking for it. We will look up how much it will cost to replace the book and send you an official email with the amount owed. You can then pay the fine to our finance department, and they will let us know to make the proper adjustment in the library system.

PARENT VOLUNTEERS

In order to continue developing and improving our library and services, we heavily rely on help from volunteers. Our volunteers support full-time library staff to help make the library a welcoming place of learning and growth for our student body and their families. We truly appreciate all our volunteers do.

REQUIREMENTS

• Must be moderately fluent in both written and spoken English
• Good work ethic
• Able to take instruction
• Able to work independently, according to an established list of prioritized tasks
• Able to commit to a regular schedule, with at least one shift per week

Parent volunteer shifts are typically three hours long. Morning shifts usually extend from 9:10 to 12:10, and afternoon shifts are usually 12 noon to 3:00. Ideally, both the morning and afternoon shift should be filled every day of the week. We currently have a rule of only one volunteer at a time.

TASKS

  1. Check in class books when classes come to the library
  2. Help students find and check out books when classes come to the library
  3. Check in books placed in the book return boxes
  4. Check out books when Ms. Carter and Mrs. Tang are not available
  5. Return books to shelves that are on the return cart
  6. Make sure shelves are tidy and books are in order
  7. Repair books
  8. Cover paperbacks with our special book cover material

JOIN OUR LIBRARY VOLUNTEER TEAM

If you are interested in volunteering at the library, please send us an email including what days and times you are available to volunteer. We will meet with you first to see if it's a good fit. If all goes well and schedules work out, we will ask you to sign a volunteer agreement and then arrange a training session with you before your first shift.