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I. SHS Supports Lebanon Reads!

Lebanon is proud to be part of the Lebanon Reads program which is an advocacy program empowering libraries, both public, private and school libraries within Lebanon . We are also proud members in the Lebanon Library Association and the Unesco Schools Virtual Library Network.

II. Mission Statement

The Sagesse High School exists to serve its users, particularly the students and faculty of Sagesse High School. Throughout its services, the Library recognizes a dual responsibility: First, to provide timely access to information which enhances the quality teaching, learning, and research. Second, to assist each user to attain and maintain sufficient information literacy requisite for a lifetime of achievement, recognition, and fulfillment. The mission of the Sagesse High Library Information Center is to ensure that students are effective and responsible users of ideas and information. Students will find the library book collection and computer network address their academic information needs. The design of the facility, the academic atmosphere, the focus on books that support the curriculum, and the access to computer services encourage and support students and staff in their recreational reading, inquiries, and academic research. Students are encouraged to ask the librarians for help if they have concerns.
The library staff is always willing to listen and provide assistance.

THE SHS LIBRARY/MEDIA CENTER, open from 8:00 to 3:00, is designed to be a pleasant place, conducive for studying, reading, and doing research.

LIBRARY KNOW HOW - The Library supports the Dewey Decimal System and is supported by an online catalogued in three languages - English, French and Arabic. For more information about how the library is organized, recommended reading lists, finding a fiction book, books on a topic, biography, reading logs, preparing for a book report or essay test, and what books you have checked out, consult the Librarian.

RESEARCH HOW TO - The computers in the library are provided to allow students to do research. An Internet Use policy is in place to ensure responsible use of computers. The Library strives to provide you everything you need to know to search and research successfully.

PHOTOCOPY/PRINT SERVICES - Photocopying and Printing services are available in the library. A nominal charge for photocopying/printing is charged.

DIGITAL HIGH SCHOOL - Sagesse High School became a digital high school in 2001 and continues to strive at remaining on the cutting edge of technology.

TECHNOLOGY SERVICES - Learn about what we provide: the easy access to computers, databases, and school-related web sites so students can be successful in completing their classroom assignments. There are no excuses!


III. Goals

The SHS Library Media Center will:

Provide an environment that supports the curriculum and stimulates learning.
Provide flexible scheduling that best meets student and staff needs.
Provide an up-to-date collection and technologies that support the curriculum and student and staff needs and interests.
Provide multiple opportunities for collaboration with staff to integrate information literacy skills with the curriculum.
Provide ongoing exposure to literature in a variety of formats that stimulate reading enrichment.


IV. How Libraries Affect Student Achievement

Learn about what makes a strong school library in this Sagesse High School Board slideshow -- Strong School Library Media Programs According to The Impact of School Library Media Centers on Academic Achievement published in 1993: Schools with better funded Library Media Centers have better than average test scores Library Media expenditures academic achievement: the higher the expenditure, the higher the achievement, and students who are in schools in which Library Media Centers are active participants in the instructional process are higher academic achievers. Strong school libraries increase student achievement, regardless of a school community's socioeconomic status. --Technology Connection, May/June 1998.


V. Answer a simple question!

How has the library made a difference in your life?

That was the question posed by the American Association and Friends of Libraries USA in 1993. Answers came from more than 10,000 people--some of them well known.

A few favorite responses are:

Scott Turow, author: "I cannot think of a time in my life when the library didn't exert a potent attraction for me, offering a sense of the specialness of each individual's curiosity and his or her quest to satisfy it.

Peter Golin of Arlington, VA: "My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: riding a bike to the library."

Walter Cronkite: "Whatever the costs of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation." Megan Jo Tetrick, age 12, Daleville, Indiana: "If we didn't have libraries, many people thirsty for knowledge would dehydrate."

Erma Bombeck, author: "As a child, my number one best friend was the librarian. I actually believed all those books belonged to her. When she warned that some of those books were too old for me, I told her they were for my mother. I have never regretted my dishonesty."