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.
Thank you to all the community members who came to the IST Parent & Community Book Club meetings this past year. We had some in-depth discussions on a variety of themes including war, murder, love, friendship, intolerance and inclusion. The multicultural insights have broadened all our minds. Thanks so much.
The next meeting is tentatively set for Friday, 19 August at 9:15 am in the library. The book that was selected is The Ghost Bride by Yangtze Choo. It’s available on Kindle.
Happy reading from Jinx Morgan!
The IST Parent & Community Book Club is open to any reader who is interested. We have members from many different nationalities. If you would like to join in our lively discussion, please come to our next meeting or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.
The school is closed for Spring holidays, but we return soon, so remember to return your books so you can stock up on some new reading!
A Gentle Reminder!
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.
Hungry Harry Potter Fans
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.
Booklist Online: Very good book reviews for school libraries, and the best books to read for your book club, brought to you by the American Library Association. Check it out for some great end-of-year lists!
Source: General Info | Booklist Online
IST Secondary Librarian Virginia Morgan has prepared three recommended reading lists for the holidays. They have been created for students who would like to extend their learning from the different disciplines they study at IST. These subjects are represented in each list; there is one for grades 6-8, one for 9-10, and the last is for DP students. All recommendations are books that are available in our library.
DP Students: Do you study Geography? Take a look at Longitude: the true story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time by Dava Sobel.
Wondering why you have to study maths? Find the answer in How Math Can Save Your Life by James D. Stein.
Please stop by and take a look at this resource.