Japanese School Tour: Elementary School Library
Honestly, I don't spend much time in any room other than my English room and the teacher's room, if I'm being honest. There’s usually no reason for the ALT to go into the library or spend any time there.
In my case, I’ve only been into the library once at two of my schools, and never at my other four. Once, my lesson was held there instead of in a regular classroom. The other time, a group of students invited me there during break to read to them.
Because this is an elementary school, the majority of books are either picture books or low level reading material. This means it’s a perfect place to check out if you’re looking to practice your Japanese! The concepts and vocabulary are easy to understand and most kanji has furigana to help you out.
Remember to always get permission if you’re going to look at any books in the library. Most of the time, the librarian doesn’t mind it if you pop in during your off hours, though there may be classes scheduled in there which can make things awkward. Try to befriend your librarian to get an invitation of when would be good to visit.
As far as I know, ALTs cannot check out books. Even if your school says its okay, I don’t think the dispatch company will agree to it, probably due to some liability and bad relations that may form if you don’t return a book.
Students can browse through the books and when they find one they like, they get a teacher. The teacher will sign off on it and they will write their name on the check out card. I'm not sure about the rules like how many they can borrow at once, or how long they can borrow the for.
I was a huge fan of the library when I was in elementary (and middle and high school). I think that it would be cool for the students to see their ALT spending time in the library and it would encourage them to love it more too!
Do these pictures remind you of the school libraries you had growing up? Or were yours much fancier with electronic systems?