ISKR Library

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Welcome to the ISKR Library! The International School of Kigali-Rwanda Library provides a space for students to cultivate an appreciation for literature, while promoting research skills, inquiry based learning, and creativity through our library program. It is committed to supporting curriculum needs throughout the school by providing high-quality print and digital resources to students and teachers. The library personnel are also committed to enhancing the ISKR community with services and events that promote information literacy, including Book Week, an annual school-wide celebration of literacy.

Location and Hours of Operation
The ISKR library is located in the ISKR media center on the main campus of building B, below the secondary section. The library is open from 7:45-4:00 from Monday to Friday during regular school days. See the school calendar for details about school holidays.

Our library collection contains a growing number of resources for Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary students. We have recently doubled our collection from approximately 4,000 printed materials to 8,000 printed materials. In the future, we hope to expand our selection of electronic and web-based resources and include a larger collection of foreign language materials.

Leaving Kigali soon? If you are interested in donating materials to the library, please contact us. We would love to integrate any gently used children’s or young adult books into our collection.

Borrowing Guidelines
Students may borrow materials for a period of two weeks. Students, staff, and parents must return overdue books before new books may be checked out.
Borrowing limits are as follows:
Early Childhood-Grade 5: 2 books
Grades 6-12: 4 books
Parents: 4 books
Teachers may check out an unlimited number of books for curriculum use, or 4 items for personal use.

Selection and Acceptable Use Policy

All print and digital resources are selected and reviewed for adherence to the International School of Kigali-Rwanda’s schoolwide mission, vision and objectives. Materials are also carefully selected for student reading level and emotional maturity level. Please see the school’s teacher-librarian if you have questions or concerns about materials found in the library.

Print and digital resources in the library are subject to the International School of Kigali- Rwanda’s Acceptable Use Policy for students and staff. This agreement is updated and signed at the beginning of each academic year.

Lost or Damaged Materials
Notification of overdue books will be sent via paper copy and email once a quarter. Parents are expected to pay for lost or damaged materials from the library. Lost or damaged materials will need to be replaced at a cost of the value of the item plus shipping. Please contact the teacher-librarian if you have lost or damaged materials ( for complete guidelines.

Library Program
Early Childhood and Elementary students attend library lessons with the teacher-librarian once per week. Library or research sessions with secondary students are scheduled with teachers as needed.

The library program goals:

literacy and reading promotion;
media and information literacy (e.g., information literacy, information skills, information competences, information fluency, media literacy, transliteracy);
inquiry-based learning (e.g., problem-based learning, critical thinking);
technology integration;
appreciation of literature and culture.
(IFLA School Library Guidelines (2nd revised edition, 2015).

Online Resources

ISKR Follett Destiny Library Homepage – ISKR’s full library catalogue may be accessed anywhere in the world. Students may login and reserve books or view current checkouts.

Britannica School – Britannica School is a K-12 online encyclopedia that contains full-text articles, audio resources, videos, and thousands of images. This resource is accessible to ISKR students and teachers and requires a login.

Epic! Digital ebooks – Electronic book collection used in ISKR library classes. Requires a yearly subscription for home use.

Oddizzi – A student centered interactive archive of articles and videos that focus on geography, history and world events. School issued login required.

Kigali Public Library – Electronic book collection hosted at the Kigali Public Library in Kacyiru. (Sign-in and library card required)

JSTOR – digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources useful for secondary students.

Additional resources for student research can be found on the Destiny Library Homepage. For login information for the above resources, please contact the teacher-librarian:

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Jennifer Feldhaus
Librarian and Elementary coordinator
Bachelor of Arts in History & Master of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia
Postgraduate Professional License for grades PreK–6; Virginia, USA
International Baccalaureate (IB) Teaching & Learning Certificate from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

I am originally from Virginia, USA and came to Rwanda in 2009 as a volunteer teacher with WorldTeach. I began working at the International School of Kigali in November of 2010 and I taught grade 2 and grade 3 until 2017. I am currently the school’s librarian and the gifted & talented teacher for the Elementary Extension program. I also teach swimming and yearbook as after school clubs. Before moving to Rwanda, I worked as a swimming coach/instructor and as a preschool teacher in Virginia. Beyond teaching, I enjoy traveling and spending time with my family.

Undergraduate in computer science from ULK (Kigali Independent University)

I am Rwandan and i did all of my studies in Rwanda.
before i join ISKR i had an opportunity to do an internship at MINEDUC where i was working under the department of ICT.
We used EMIS Software (Educational Management Information System) for data collection, processing, analyzing and reporting of educational information including schools, students, teachers and staff.
in my free time i enjoy hanging out with friends, listening to music and reading.