by Emma Gyde


News from ØIS Library

1) What happened to the library?


As most of you know by now, our school has been affected by the flood, more specifically the EAL and Design rooms and the library. The insurance company came and assessed the damage to the building. It was determined that all the floors in the basement level had to be completely re-done. This process will take until approximately February to be completed. We’ve had the drains cleaned and checked and this will be done on a more regular basis from now on. The management is in the process of making a decision on how the floors and entrances should be designed in order not to be affected by a flood, should this happen again.


2) What happened to all the books?


As we were in the middle of installing the new library fittings and organizing the new space, much of the library was stored in boxes on the floor. Furniture, computers and fittings have also been destroyed by the flood.


3) Were any of them salvageable?


I am estimating about half of our library books (about 2,500) have been damaged, most of which are unsalvageable. We have removed the damaged books from the system. We have done this so that we can estimate the total cost of the books that have been lost as well as know which books are no longer available in the library. We are confident the insurance will cover most of the damage and we will have most of our materials replaced. We will order replacement books as soon as possible.


4) What is the current state of the library?


Now that all the paperwork and administration for the insurance company is documented, we have begun to re-order books for the library in order to be ready to open as soon as possible. We are expecting to order about 2500 books. Its very exciting because I will be able to order books that we had but also order different ones. Many books were donations and some were in poor condition so we will be able to select books requested by teachers, parents and students as well as replace the ones that were lost with better quality editions.


5) What are Ms. Gaby’s favorite thing about autumn?


My favourite thing about autumn is the changing colours of the leaves and the sunny, crisp days.


6) Do you have any Autumn reads you would recommend?


John Green books like, ‘The Fault in our Stars’, ‘Paper Towns’ and ‘Looking for Alaska’ are still at the top of the best seller lists and are good reads for our upper MYP students. At this time of year Edgar Allen Poe seems like the right thing to read, ‘The Raven’ and ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ are fittingly spooky for Halloween fans. I recently read ‘The Princess Bride’ by William Goldman and a steampunk novel ‘Boneshaker’ by Cherie Priest. My next book is called ‘Blink’ by Malcom Gladwell.


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