Happy Birthday, Steve!

Steve, in grade 4, donated the birthday book The Misadventures of Max Crumbly: Middle School Mayhem by Rachel Renée Russell. This is the second book in the Max Crumbly series, written by the author of the popular Dork Diaries series. Steve enjoyed the first book in this series, so we hope he enjoys this one as much. Thank you for your birthday book donation, Steve!

If you would like to celebrate your child’s birthday with the IST Library Birthday Book Club, please contact the librarians at Linnea_Simon@istianjin.net or Eleanor_Surridge@istianjin.net for more information on how to join.

Celebrating Poetry Month

April was a whirlwind of poetry activities and celebration in the IST library! Some of the ways we celebrated poetry were through:

  • Displays of poetry and novels in verse
  • A poetry listening station
  • Poetry postcards that were delivered near and far
  • A magnetic whiteboard and poetry magnets
  • Poetry quizzes and prizes during the last week of Poetry Month
  • Poetry activities at lunchtime
  • Reading poetry outside
  • Exploring poetry websites (these are some of our favorites: http://www.poetry4kids.com,  http://play.magneticpoetry.com/poem/Nature/kit/, and http://jackprelutsky.com)
  • Hosting the Star Kids Book Fair in the library

April was so busy and full of fun and excitement that sometimes we forgot to take photos! We did manage to take a few, so please enjoy these photos from Poetry Month at IST.

 

Happy Birthday, Jun Hee!

Jun Hee, in Pre-K, donated the birthday book Dinosaur!, written by John Woodward. We hope Jun Hee, who is already very knowledgeable about dinosaurs, enjoys this encyclopedia packed with information and color illustrations. We are sure that this book will be very popular with our dinosaur-loving students. Thank you for your birthday book donation, Jun Hee!

If you would like to celebrate your child’s birthday with the IST Library Birthday Book Club, please contact the librarians at Linnea_Simon@istianjin.net or Eleanor_Surridge@istianjin.net for more information on how to join.

Visiting Spoken Word Poet, Harry Baker

Harry Baker will be with us for the week of April 16-20 (off and on). Harry Baker was the youngest-ever winner of the Poetry Slam World Cup in 2012 and he has travelled the world and dazzled student audiences ever since.

On Monday morning, April 16, Harry will present to all students ages 10-17 in an opening assembly, followed by workshops for smaller groups scheduled for Monday and Tuesday. Harry will be back with us on the Friday for another day of work with students and an afternoon assembly together with students and teachers from TEDA. It will be an amazing week.

To get a taste of Harry Baker’s talent and charm, see his website (http://www.harrybaker.co/), check out his book, The Sunshine Kid, and/or view his TED talk, “A love poem for lonely prime numbers”
(https://www.ted.com/talks/harry_baker_a_love_poem_for_lonely_prime_numbers).

A huge thanks to the PFO for their generous donation towards the expenses related to bringing Harry Baker here.

Happy Birthday, Allen!

 

Allen, in grade 2, donated the birthday book Dog Man and Cat Kid by Dav Pilkey. This is the fourth book in the extremely popular Dog Man series, and is sure to be enjoyed by many students at IST. Thank you for your birthday book donation, Allen. We hope you enjoy it!

If you would like to celebrate your child’s birthday with the IST Library Birthday Book Club, please contact the librarians at Linnea_Simon@istianjin.net or Eleanor_Surridge@istianjin.net for more information on how to join.

Happy Year of the Dog!

It has become an annual tradition in the IST elementary to decorate classroom doors for Chinese New Year. This year library staff were thrilled to see several dog book-inspired doors in the hallways. If you haven’t seen these classroom doors yet, be sure to stop by the elementary school and check them out!

And while you’re here, why not stop by the library and pick up a dog book to help celebrate the Year of the Dog? Here are just a few of the “dog” books available at the IST library.

Kindergarten in the Library

Over the last several weeks, kindergarten students have been using their library sessions to support their understanding of their “How the World Works” Unit of Inquiry. In this unit, students are learning about how animal characteristics help them adapt to their environments. The students have been researching, using both digital and print resources, about animals for their inquiries. They have been using information effectively to develop their understanding of different animals and their characteristics.

Kindergarten students understand how the library is organized. They can differentiate between fiction and nonfiction books and, with support, can locate nonfiction books about different animals in the library. They have shown great interest in selecting books that relate to their personal interests, and enjoy sharing books with teachers and each other. They have chosen books about dogs, cats, snakes, zebras, owls, and many other animals. They are confident users of the library and show great enthusiasm when they visit each week.

Nursery in the Library

Nursery students visit the library each week to listen and respond to a variety of stories and songs, and to interact with books. They are beginning to understand that print can serve a variety of different functions such as giving us information or pleasure in stories. They show a growing interest in asking for books to be read aloud and taken home. They enjoy choosing books in the library that match their interests.

They also learn to take care of books by turning the pages carefully and putting the books back on the shelves when they are finished with them. They understand the procedure for borrowing books, and eagerly line up to check their books out at the end of library time. Here are a few photos of Nursery students visiting the library this week.