Happy Birthday, A Jin!

We are so happy to see students participating in our Library Birthday Book Club. Last Thursday, A Jin from 3C celebrated her birthday with us.


A Jin donated Dork Diaries: OMG! All about me diary! by Rachel Renee Russell. This book is part of the ever-popular Dork Diaries series. A Jin loves this series (along with many other students in Grades 3-5!), so this seemed like a great fit for her birthday book.

End-of-year Check Out Dates

Reminder –

  • 20 May – all library materials were due
  • 2 June – summer checkout starts (8-10, 12-1, 2-4:00)


Returning students who have cleared their accounts by 1 June are invited to checkout up to 10 books each for summer reading beginning on 2 June. This is the day of the Community Fair.

Elementary students will need a signed permission slip from parents for summer checkout. Permission slips will be sent through homerooms.

Parent Community Book Club News


Ten members met last Friday. We selected the final two books of the school year. We will be meeting on Friday, 22 April to discuss The Martian by Andy Weir. This is a science fiction novel that was originally self-published in 2011 and went on to be made into a major motion picture. It is ironic that on Earth Day 2015 we will be discussing the stranding of an astronaut on Mars 2035!


Our final read will be The Firemaker by Peter May and we will meet in May. Another irony!

World Book Day

Secondary Students Celebrate Books @ the IST Library!

"Harry Potter is NOT Just for Kids" in the Library during homeroom on 3 March

“Harry Potter is NOT Just for Kids” in the Library during homeroom on 3 March

8:10-8:20 am Thursday
“Harry Potter is NOT Just for Kids”A Pecha Kucha presentation (20 slides, 20 seconds each)by Ms. Maggie Kerr, resident Wizard at heart.Please sign up for the Harry Potter Pecha Kucha:Email Mrs. Morgan or stop by the desk and we will get you excused from homeroom on Thursday, 3 March.

Lunch Bunch 1:00 pm on 3 March

Lunch Bunch 1:00 pm on 3 March

Bring a home lunch to Study Room #4 (the Book Club room) and celebrate books! Look at another aspect of drafting: from the artist’s perspective. We will be taking a look at how famous illustrators prepare their works. We will watch a couple of video clips, look at sketch books, and discuss the process.Facilitated by Ms. Atkinson & Mrs. Morgan.

Panda Book Awards Voting on February 29, 2016

The Panda Book Awards reading initiative takes our students on an exciting reading adventure throughout the year. It was launched during International Schools Library Week this past October; students began reading from the four categories. Students from around 40 participating schools vote for their favorite book in the first two weeks after Chinese New Year. On Monday, February 29 the IST Library & Information Literacy Center will be holding our very first Panda Book Voting Party at IST. Elementary students who have read 5 or more of the books shortlisted for Panda Awards will receive an invitation on February 23 to the voting party. (Secondary students may vote for their favourite Panda book in the Older and Mature Categories throughout the day at a designated computer).

IST Book Clubs Are Thriving

The IST Library supports 3 book clubs:  one for grades 3/4, one for grades 6-9, and one for adults.

Harry Potter (HP) MYP Book Club

Despite appearances, we do more than eat cake in the HP Book Club! We are full to capacity at 10 members, many of them being HP experts who design the meetings themselves. We have discussed themes (good vs. evil, orphans), symbolic meanings of names (the Latin root of Voldemort), character development, etc. We have looked at fan fiction and videos and written our own. Most recently we ran a scavenger hunt. Enthusiasm, imagination and a love of fantasy make this a great CCA.

Grade 4/5 Book Club

This year is the first time we have offered a book club for upper elementary students and what bookworms we attracted! In the first week, students brainstormed ideas of what they wanted the club to look like and they decided that thinking and sharing their ideas about books and authors should be the most important focus of our club.

Each student then chose a book that the whole group would read between our weekly book club meets. So far we have read and discussed five books. Members have also written their own reviews of the books on the library’s Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC ) during our club sessions, so head to the OPAC  and read about their recommendations!

February: IST Parent Community Book Club

Our selection for February 2016 is Chronicle of A Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Our next meeting is scheduled for Friday, 19 February, at 9:15 a.m. in the library. The club is open to any IST parents of Tianjin expats who love reading; we meet monthly, usually on a Friday morning. Our members all have different mother tongues but we manage to have very insightful discussions.