Welcome to the Martin Felton Colegio Bolivar Library
News, Events, Resources, and More!
The library continues to be busy this year, working with teachers, promoting activities and resources, and providing space for expositions. The library staff, Martha Fayad, Elizabeth Aguado, Adriana Lozano, and Maria Victoria Gomez, have worked hard to position the library as a valuable resource at Colegio Bolivar.
Reliable and Trustworthy Resources
As always, the competition for our own shelves of books, magazines, and our access to reliable and relevant resources though established databases of news sources is great. Students believe that Google is the end all and be all for fast, relevant, and thorough data, and however that may be the case for some topics, the sheer amount of information our children need to sift through in their research is noisy and flooded. Add to that their addiction to social media, news feeds, bots, trolls, and advertising, and solid, reliable, and objective research material is getting more and more difficult to find. We hope to allay some of this digital noise by offering peer-reviewed materials, published works, well-regarded authors of both fiction and non-fiction, and legitimate sources of information to establish a common ground of facts and opinions so our students may have all the information they need to make competent and informed decisions, not only in school but beyond. The world is in desperate need of our progeny to engage in thoughtful discussions and dialogs about the frightening global issues facing humanity at this crucial period in our own epoch, and these will only come about through accepting a common core of facts.
We are happy to be of service to the Colegio Bolivar community. The primary library continues to focus its work on establishing solid reading skills through a variety of projects, author studies, creative activities, reading time, book talks, all while offering our children more than 15,000 titles to choose from. The children from El Nido have also been coming to the primary library regularly, getting their first dose of reading and fun, an important experience in developing life-long readers and learners. Primary is focusing on listening skills, participation, and reading habits, as well, and students are learning to read thoughtfully and fully, experimenting with different genres, authors, fictional, and non-fiction works. Secondary has also had an opportunity to work with the Middle School on improving reading skills, establishing a rotating collection to keep books close to the students, and through regular visits to the library. Both Middle School and High School continue their use of electronic databases and our bound collection, learning to use our catalog, and searching for appropriate and reliable sources for their school work. We continue to add more books to the collection, mostly fiction since last year to augment our work with the reading program in Middle School, as well as many books for professional resources and adults (that’s you). As well, we have changed our ordering procedures for staff and students. Rather than one large order in April that arrives in August, we are now making smaller orders from Amazon and other suppliers every month or two, allowing us to meet both personal and academic demands within weeks rather than months. We’ve bought more Kindles for school use that, as well, allowing for books on demand for both students and staff. It’s a wonderful feeling as a librarian to put a book in someone’s hands as soon as they request it. Please let us know if there are any books you would like in the collection. The Colegio Bolivar Martin Felton Library is open to all the community.
To see all the library events and newsletters, click here or search our catalog for books and materials.
Expositions and Events
In addition to the above, last February 1, the K4 Library Night was held, an event attended by K4 children with their parents, some with their pajamas on. Different spaces were arranged to enable parents, students, and teachers to read and share stories with each other. The attendance was fantastic, and everyone showed a great deal of enthusiasm for the activity which was concluded with a wonderful show from Luzia in the Swall Auditorium. We’re looking forward to next year. Likewise, the library was proud to host many expositions last year. You should be getting notices of these in your Bolivar al Día newsletters. Please drop in for a moment to admire our students’ efforts and creativity. In January, we had the work from our primary students through the Project Learning Studio, as well artificial limbs created by our Middle School science students. In addition, we’ve hosted our “Game On” exhibition, looking at the forerunners of today’s X-Box and Nintendo (the games you and I may have played in the 80’s), as well as opportunities for our AP students to read to various primary classes.
We opened the year with our staff with a huge Open House, showcasing our new books, resources, support services, along with some pandebono’s and juice. We are looking forward to even more opportunities to share our space with the community. If you are a burgeoning author, artist, musician, etc, please feel free to contact us. As written, the library is for the whole community to share and use, a common meeting ground to explore and take pleasure in our many talents and creativity. Currently, the library is showcasing artwork from two of our own alumni who both now teach at Colegio Bolivar. Check it out!
We’d love to have more parents in the library this year! Check everything out on our web page. We have A LOT to offer:
All of our reources are available to the entire community
- Books for all ages: Use our online catalog to search by keyword, author, title, subject, and more. There are countless ways to find what you or your children want, including asking a Librarian! And, if we don’t have it, we can get it for you. Just let us know!
- Electronic Books: We have 1000’s of electronic books available through our catalog or for Kindle. As well, we encourage you to check out Tumblebooks (Login: cbolivar / Password: books) for a great collection of books you can read with your Preprimary and Primary children OR have read to you. Or, Tumblebooks Cloud (Login: cbolivar / Password: login) for Middle and High School AND adults is also an incredible resource. Many items are available in Spanish.
- Space for your Exhibitions: We’ve had many parents over the years use the library to display their own artwork or other creations. This is a wonderful opportunity to share with the Colegio Bolivar community!
- Drop in just to Hang Out: We have up to date magazines and newspapers AND great, comfortable places just to sit and relax. Join us!
- Electronic Resources: If you’re doing any research, want to read the latest New York Times articles, or simply want to get caught up with current events, EbscoHost and Explora (Login: s4361824 / Password: #1cblibrary) are certainly the place to go. This resource, which includes material from 1,000’s of journals, magazines, newspapers, and more, is geared towards both our students and our professional community. Many items are also available in Spanish OR can be translated into Spanish instantly.
- Friendly & Smart Librarians: We are in the business of finding information! Whatever it is that you need, just let us know and we’ll help you find it. For your children, for your family, or just for you!
Take a moment to check us out. Drop in and say “Hi”.
|Library Staff||Job||Phone: 485 50 50
|Thomas Rompf||Library Director||243|
|Martha Valencia de Fayad||Reference and Cataloging Librarian||264|
|Adriana Lozano||Primary Librarian||223|
|Elizabeth Aguado||Circulation Librarian||238|
|Maria Victoria Gomez||Primary Library Assistant||294|
|Lili Cañon||Procesos Tecnicos||222|
|Nelson Arcos||Primary Library Maintenance||238|
|María del Carmen Orrego||Secondary Library Maintenance||238|