The Inter-American Magnet School Library provides information in a variety of formats as well as instruction in its access and use in order to support the goals of the school curriculum; encourage independent and group exploration, creativity, and critical thinking; and to promote citizenship, self-discovery, and joy.

The library features a robust and diverse collection of picture books, fiction titles, and non-fiction titles in Spanish and English. The library program supports curriculum projects with 16 laptop computers.

Students in grades K-6th are provided weekly instruction in the library program. Students in 1st-6th grades enjoy a weekly book check-out. A project-based library/computer course is among the elective courses offered to students in 7th and 8th grades.


Book Club

The IAMS library, in collaboration with the Chicago Public Library, hosts three book clubs (5th grade, 6th grade, and 7th/8th grades). The book clubs meet monthly from September-February during the school day. Students choose the books they read as a group from the 20 nominees for the annual Rebecca Caudill Readers’ Book Award, Illinois’ Children’s Choice Award. The students vote for their favorite book in February and celebrate the Rebecca Caudill Winner at a pizza party in April.

Battle of the Books

This library offering is hosted annually by the Chicago Public Schools Department of Libraries and Information. Students read books from a list of 20 and compete against teams from other schools in two levels (4th-6th and 7th-8th) by answering questions about the books at an annual citywide competition in April.

Audiobooks and iPod Shuffles
The school library collection features a set of audiobooks and nine iPod shuffles to maximize the use of the audiobook collection. The iPods are available for check-out by teachers and students. Parents are required to complete a form giving their students permission to check out iPod shuffles and to agree to pay the replacement cost if the unit is lost or damaged ($45.00).

Research has demonstrated that listening to audiobooks fosters reading comprehension, fluency, language acquisition, vocabulary development, and improved achievement. Moreover, students can benefit from opportunities to listen independently, encouraging the enjoyment of literature so critical to literacy development. For proficient readers, audiobooks present opportunities to develop comprehension skills and strategies in critical and creative thinking.

A complete listing of the audiobooks available is posted on the school library website: Please take advantage of this fantastic opportunity!

Book Fairs

The library program hosts two 5-day book fairs per year in the school auditorium. They are scheduled to coincide with the report card pick-up days in November and April. Parents are always welcome to visit the book fair! The book fairs are a great way to get books into our classrooms and into the homes of our children. The book fairs generate much needed funds for the school library program. There are multiple options for volunteering and for providing gifts to support classroom libraries.

Fall 2010 Scholastic Book Fair Schedule

  • Tuesday, November 9 Book Fair Setup
  • Wednesday, November 10, 8:30– 3:30 PM
  • Monday, November 15, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
  • Tuesday, November 16, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
  • Wednesday, November 17, 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM (report card pick-up day)
  • Thursday, November 18, 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Thursday, November 18, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM  Book Fair Breakdown

Spring 2011 Usborne "Reading Is A Gift" Book Fair Schedule

  • Thursday, March 31, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
  • Monday, April 4, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
  • Tuesday, April 5, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
  • Wednesday, April 6, 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM (report card pick-up day)
  • Thursday, April 7, 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM