New Arrivals!

It is always an exciting day when a delivery of new books arrives in the IST library. Here are just a few of the new books that arrived on Friday. These books (and many more) will be available for checkout next week.

The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett (wordless picture book)

From the publisher:

From the creator of The Boy and the Airplane, a touching wordless picture book about a little girl, a shiny bicycle, and the meaning of persistence—with an unexpected payoff.

A little girl sees a shiny new bicycle in the shop window. She hurries home to see if she has enough money in her piggy bank, but when she comes up short, she knocks on the doors of her neighbors, hoping to do their yardwork. They all turn her away except for a kindly old woman.

The woman and the girl work through the seasons, side by side. They form a tender friendship. When the weather warms, the girl finally has enough money for the bicycle. She runs back to the store, but the bicycle is gone! What happens next shows the reward of hard work and the true meaning of generosity.

Wordless, timeless, and classic, The Girl and the Bicycle carries a message of selflessness and sweet surprises and makes an ideal gift for graduations and other special occasions.

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier (graphic novel)

From the publisher:

Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn’t happy about leaving her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister’s sake – and her own.

Replica by Lauren Oliver (young adult science fiction)

From the publisher:

Two girls, two stories, one epic novel—now a New York Times bestseller!
From Lauren Oliver, New York Times bestselling author of Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy, comes an epic, masterful novel that explores issues of individuality, identity, and humanity. Replica is a “flip book” that contains two narratives in one, and it is the first in a duology. Turn the book one way and read Lyra’s story; turn the book over and upside down and read Gemma’s story. The stories can be read separately, one after the other, or in alternating chapters. The two distinct parts of this astonishing novel combine to produce an unforgettable journey. Even the innovative book jacket mirrors and extends the reading experience.
Lyra’s story begins in the Haven Institute, a building tucked away on a private island off the coast of Florida that from a distance looks serene and even beautiful. But up close the locked doors, military guards, and biohazard suits tell a different story. In truth, Haven is a clandestine research facility where thousands of replicas, or human models, are born, raised, and observed. When a surprise attack is launched on Haven, two of its young experimental subjects—Lyra, or 24, and the boy known only as 72—manage to escape.
Gemma has been in and out of hospitals for as long as she can remember. A lonely teen, her life is circumscribed by home, school, and her best friend, April. But after she is nearly abducted by a stranger claiming to know her, Gemma starts to investigate her family’s past and discovers her father’s mysterious connection to the secretive Haven research facility. Hungry for answers, she travels to Florida, only to stumble upon two replicas and a completely new set of questions.
While the stories of Lyra and Gemma mirror each other, each contains breathtaking revelations critically important to the other story. Replica is an ambitious, thought-provoking masterwork.

When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin (middle grades fantasy)

From the publisher:

A New York Times Bestseller
A National Book Award Finalist
An IndieBound Bestseller

This breathtaking, full-color illustrated fantasy is inspired by Chinese folklore, and is a companion to the Newbery Honor winner Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.

Pinmei’s gentle, loving grandmother always has the most exciting tales for her granddaughter and the other villagers. However, the peace is shattered one night when soldiers of the Emperor arrive and kidnap the storyteller.

Everyone knows that the Emperor wants something called the Luminous Stone That Lights the Night. Determined to have her grandmother returned, Pinmei embarks on a journey to find the Luminous Stone alongside her friend Yishan, a mysterious boy who seems to have his own secrets to hide. Together, the two must face obstacles usually found only in legends to find the Luminous Stone and save Pinmei’s grandmother–before it’s too late.

A fast-paced adventure that is extraordinarily written and beautifully illustrated, When the Sea Turned to Silver is a masterpiece companion novel to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and Starry River of the Sky.

The Happiest Book Ever! by Bob Shea (picture book)

From the publisher:

What could be happier than a book with a dancing cake, a candy parade, and a hug monster? A book with all those things (and more) plus YOU! Your happy, happy thoughts will make this book super happy happy! But something seems off. Could it be that frowny frog? Perhaps we could shake some sense into him, or slap a Post-it over his face. No? Well then, maybe its time for that frog to SCRAM! Hooray! He’s gone! Time for a happy dance! Wait, what’s wrong? Now NO ONE seems happy! Let’s see if we can’t do something to truly make this the happiest book ever.
In his most interactive book yet, Bob Shea proves that happiness is more than just a piece of chocolate cake. (Though that comes pretty close!)

Radiant Child: the Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe (biography)

From the publisher:

A visually stunning picture book biography about modern art phenomenon Jean-Michel Basquiat, written and illustrated by Coretta Scott King Award winner Javaka Steptoe.

Jean-Michael Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocked to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art world had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City. Now, award-winning illustrator Javaka Steptoe’s vivid text and bold artwork echoing Basquiat’s own introduce young readers to the powerful message and art doesn’t always have to be neat or clean–and definitely not inside the lines–to be beautiful.

Our new books have arrived!

We’re so excited to have received a new shipment of books.   Today, the library staff held a morning tea for teachers so they could take a look at the books… and enjoy Ms Morgan’s delicious buns!

Come and see the new books. Stay and read a few. There is a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction for all ages. The new books have bright green labels on them and are available for checkout now!

To peruse the new books on the library OPAC, first click on this link.

Then, click on the visual tab:

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Finally, click on the ‘New arrivals’ icon:

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Happy reading!

Kindles & Ebooks Requests

Day 179/365- Kindle
Creative Commons License Photo Credit: Sean Kelly via Compfight

Lucky Number 4!

The IST library introduced 4 Kindles into circulation in January. The Kindles have been borrowed by students, teachers, even an administrator. Between the pilot introduction in January and the end of April, these Kindles had circulated 41 times! And the collection of Kindle titles has also grown to 41.  In general, the Kindle titles purchased are recent publications that have not yet arrived in print form to the IST Library. Most of the titles are requested by our readers.

If you are interested in borrowing a Kindle and reading an ebook, please stop by the library. You will need to fill out a usage agreement. You can see the list of current titles here. You can request a book here. Actual purchases will be based on our Collection Development Policy, availability, and available funding.

Thanks and Happy Birthday!

Thank you to Sidney and Saige who together donated the book Hugless Howard, by David Melling. This is the story of Howard, who was looking for someone to hug. He tried hugging everything but in the end, there’s nothing quite like hugging a loving parent.

We were delighted to receive this donation from Sidney and Saige, who have been avid users of the IST library during their life at IST. I don’t think they’ve ever missed a lunch recess since they were in kindergarten. Their favorite thing to do was color in Disney princess coloring sheets at the library tables. We will miss their cheerful presence during the elementary lunch hour!

 Birthday Book Club donation

“Soft Opening” in the Library : Kindles

We can download new books in minutes!

Kindles

The IST Library & Information Literacy Center is happy to announce a pilot program ( or 试运行)  to integrate Kindle e-readers into the library program. The Amazon Kindle is a portable reading device, capable of holding up to 3,500 books. As part of the IST Library collection, Grade 4-12 students now have a chance to access this technology. At present, the IST Library has 4 Kindles available for checkout. The devices have parental controls set up on them. The chance to use this device is a privilege that we are able to provide to students, provided that the students use extra caution and responsibility. A parental permission form is required before a Kindle can be checked out to the student.

Would you like to test one over the Chinese New Year holidays?   Stop by the library and pick up a form.

Would you like to request a book to be uploaded on the Kindle?  Stop by the library or email jinx_morgan@istianjin.net. We will consider all requests in terms of the collection policy.

What Are Tweens Reading?

 

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New Reading List

Definition: Tween

twiːn/   noun

short for “tweenager”

1. a child between the ages of about 10 and 14.

The Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, has just published a list of recommended books for tweens. As someone who has read most of the books on the list, I can say it’s a really good list!
The IST Library already owns 13 of the 25 books, and the others have been ordered. We have an excellent collection, so come in and check it out!

Click HERE to see the list.

(Four of the books are also on the 2014 Panda Award list).