"A book is like a garden carried in a pocket." Chinese Proverb
The school library is a popular center at Springwood Middle. It is a bright and welcoming room with three physical areas: fiction, nonfiction, and reference. In the reference area are tables and seating for a full class of students to facilitate library lessons. In that area, also, are two search stations which allow students to check the availability and location of the books and resources that they are seeking. Attached to the library is a room of teaching resources. This room also houses five computers for student access to the internet for study purposes, as well as information files that students may use.
The librarian is Mrs. Elaine Inouye. As well as being the librarian, she teaches English. The library clerk, Ms. Beth Lindsay, works in the library 14 hours each week.
The library opens daily at 8:30 a.m. and is open until 3:30 unless the librarian has a meeting to attend after school. It is open daily during the recess break and is open during most lunch hours.
Students may get involved in the Library Assistants' Club. The club provides students with an opportunity to earn a year-end service award by helping with the many chores needing to be done to keep the library in tiptop form.
Over the years the library has enjoyed strong support from the administration and staff who recognize library resources and services as essential for student success. Over 15,000 titles are entered on the library database and the library is proud of its holdings as it endeavors to provide high quality reading material to the students for their learning and enjoyment, as well as useful teaching tools for the staff. Since Springwood School's enrolment is 25% French Immersion, the library also strives to offer quality resources for that dynamic of education as well.
Special events have included author visits from such well-known writers over the years as Eric Wilson, Eric Walters, Shane Peacock, John Wilson, Jean Little and Pam Withers.