We wrapped up our celebration of International Schools Library Week on Friday with an elementary library assembly and Book Character Dress Up Day. Students came in a wide variety of fun and creative book character costumes. There were superheroes, dragons, BabyMouse, Captain Underpants, and many more. The students paraded onstage in their costumes during the assembly, and many classes came to the library to take “green screen” photos of their costumes. Please enjoy some photos from the day!
The IST library celebrated International Schools Library week with fun and exciting activities all week long. We kicked off the week with a launch of the Panda Book Awards, which encourages students to read, share, and vote for their favorite books in four categories. This year’s Panda Book Award nominees are:
We shared the books with students through the week, and helped create buzz about the books with Panda quizzes and prizes all week long.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, we hosted the Beijing Foreign Languages Bookstore book fair. Many students, teachers and parents browsed and purchased books at the book fair.
On lunchtime on Monday and Wednesday, elementary students were invited to participate in “Monster Crafts” in the library. We had a lot of fun doing activities that were inspired by the book “Crafty Cat and the Crafty Camp Crisis” by Charise Mericle Harper.
We wrapped up the week with Character Dress-Up Day and the elementary library assembly on Friday morning, and “Celebrating 20 years of Harry Potter” with grades 6-8 students in the afternoon. Watch this space for photos from Character Dress-Up Day and the “Harry Potter” event coming soon!
It’s time to start thinking about costumes again! This year, in celebration of International Schools Library Week, our Elementary students and teachers will come to school dressed as our favourite characters on Friday, October 20th. There will be plenty of activity in and around the library during that week and we’ll tell you a bit more about those things after our National Day holiday week. In the meantime, we wanted to give everyone a reminder to plan their costumes.
Back in April, Ms. Simon wrote this blog post with many excellent ideas for costume ideas. Be sure to revisit that post for a refresher. For more inspiration, look at this list of “100 Book Character Costumes.”
We won’t be surprised if we see a few Baby Mouse costumes after the success of our recent author visit from Matt Holm!
It is going to be an exciting week in the library this week! We kicked off International Schools Library Week with guest readers visiting elementary classrooms, Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) throughout both the elementary and secondary schools, and the official launch of the Panda Book Awards. There will be daily quizzes and prizes, so students should be sure to drop by the library and enter each day this week! There will be special grand prize drawings on Friday!
We also have the Beijing Book Fair coming up on Thursday and Friday. Students should bring money with them if they wish to purchase books.
International Schools Library Week at IST–Monday, October 24th to Friday, October 28th.
You can begin to look forward to the week of October 24-28th when there will be lots of action in and around the library. We’ll be launching this year’s Panda Book Awards, offering Apple Store workshops, giving prizes, hosting the Beijing Book Fair and more. Watch this space for details and updates.
If you are interested in being a guest reader for an elementary class, please contact Ms. Simon at Linnea_Simon at istianjin dot net to let her know what you’d like to read and when.