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CIS Lakeside Primary Library: Parents

Welcome to our Primary School Library home page.

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the CIS Libraries. As 'it takes a village to raise a child' we depend on you to make the library and all our services the best for your child learn and grow. This page contains information on what we can offer you, and where we can use your help.

Opening hours

Lakeside Campus

Monday to Friday 7:45am to 4:45pm 

Saturday 9:30am to 1:30pm

Tanjong Katong Campus

Monday to Friday 7:45am to 4:45pm

Please note: Before and after school, students in Grade 3 and below must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Join the library!

Parents are welcome to join our library. You can sign up at the library counter during opening times showing your CIS parent card. You are welcome to exchange books before and after school.

The library is open during school holidays from 9:30am to 1:30pm. Parents are welcome to come to the library with their children to read or exchange books.

Please note that children under Grade 4 have to be accompanied by an adult when they visit the library outside of lesson hours as a health and safety measure. 


Book protection: Book bags

Students in Nursery to grade 3 are required to have a CIS plastic book bag. We strongly recommended that all students use these bags to prevent unnecessary damage.

Book bags (aka Book Protection Units or BPUs) will be for sale at the finance counter in the main office of each campus during the school year.

Library policies

Please refer to the Parent-Student Handbook for the Library Policies.

Library Bytes Presentations

Google Classroom

Common Sense Media: Parent's Guide to Google Classroom

LKS Library Bytes

Library Bytes are short parent information sessions on library related topics. They are open to all parents. Sign-up sheets will be available a few weeks before each session. If you have suggestions for topics, please email your librarian. 

Planned Library Bytes @ LKS (dates and topic might change)

Here is a list of the dates for this year's Library Bytes sessions for the 2019-2020 academic year. Please watch for future announcements in the WAG.

Thursday, September 5th - Introduction to the Library
Thursday, October 3rd - Bi-and Multi-langual Learners (BMLs), the library and you
Thursday, November 7th - Expanding Your Library with the National Library Board (NLB)
Thursday, February 6th - Research Skills and Your Student Part I CANCELED due to corona virus
Thursday, March 5th - Research Skills and Your Student Part II CANCELED due to corona virus
Wednesday, May 6th - Summer Reading CANCELED due to corona virus

TK Library Bytes

Please go to the Tanjong Katong LibGuides for the TK Library Bytes.

Best books for your child

A book and a hug is a website started by American librarian Barb Langridge to help children to find books they like. One fun thing is the test for children to find their 'Reader Type'.  You can search for books by category, read alikes, and reading levels. For teachers there are lesson plans and curriculum connections. And there is more, so explore the site!

Common Sense Media informs parents and educators not only on books but also on everything connected to media. Looking at books they provide book reviews with age level, best book lists, tips to get your child hooked on reading, and advice on reading-related issues. They also offer a pfamily site to provide you with personalised age-appropriate picks for your children.

Brightly tries to connect kids with the right books at the right time and keep them engaged with reading as they grow.

Subscribe to Epic! as a family

For Parents: Sign up with a parent’s email address at via the Epic website (offer not available through Apple iTunes or Google Play sign-up) under 'Families' and follow the on-screen instructions. Parents will be asked for the promo code (3monthsfree) during the sign-up process.



UN Week: Reading in your home language

During Uniting Nations Week, we will celebrate our diversity in many ways, including asking parents to share stories in their mother tongue in the library. We are inviting parents to read to kindergarten (in their pod or classroom during the first period of the day) and primary students (in the primary library during recess) from Monday 18 to Thursday 21 November. 

If you are interested, please sign up by filling out this form before Thursday 14 November 2019.

Volunteering in the library

We are so excited to have Parent Library Volunteers as a part of the Library team! We welcome volunteers both for the Primary and the Secondary Library.

Volunteers can help with: 

  • Shelving books
  • Shelf-read and keeping shelves in order
  • Attractive displays of books
  • Processing books - assist with labelling, stamping, covering books
  • Assist cataloging books that are written in languages other than English 
  • Assisting with special events

Please feel free to contact Ms Devi at LKS Campus (chandarkanta.devi@cis for more information.

If you want to sign up for Library Volunteer, please use this form.