Welcome Back!

A warm welcome back from your IST library team! We have an exciting year of reading and library programs planned. Here are some upcoming events for your calendar:

  • Author/Illustrator visit: Matt Holm (Aug 31 & Sep 1). Holm is the illustrator for the popular Squish and BabyMouse books. Parents are welcome to attend his workshops! A final schedule will be coming soon.
  • Scholastic Book Orders (order forms will go home this Friday. Please return the forms by August 25th).
  • International Schools Library Week (Oct 16-20)
  • BPIEC Book Fair (Oct 17-18)
  • Book Character Dress Up Day (Oct 20). Start planning your costumes!

Volunteers Welcome

We are very lucky to have several volunteers who assist us with everything from ordering to shelving, but we are always happy to have more community members coming in to assist. If you are interested in becoming a library volunteer, please contact the IST librarians at Eleanor_Surridge@istianjin.net or Linnea_Simon@istianjin.net.

Birthday Book Club

We love to help students celebrate their birthdays! With the birthday book club, you help support the library’s book collection and give your child a special birthday memory. How does it work? The librarians select a new book for the library, based on your child’s interests. A nameplate will be put into the new book, and your child will be the first to check the new book out. The cost is 150 RMB. Please contact the librarians if you would like to celebrate your child’s next birthday with us!

IST Library annual report (2016-2017)

Every year, the librarians at IST produce a report for the school administration and staff. This year, we took a more visual approach. We welcome your questions and feedback so if there’s anything here you see that you’d like to know more about or anything you think we should have added, please contact us or leave a comment below.

View our library report for 2016-2017

Summer reading

As parents, one of our major roles is to make sure that children set aside time every day to read – to read for pleasure, for information, for the vicarious thrill of living in an imaginary world. (Julie M. Wood)

If you’ve been reading the weekly Blaze, you might have noticed that we’ve been quoting Julie M. Wood from the article, “Helping to prevent summer reading loss.” Dr. Wood is only one of the many literacy experts who emphasize the importance of maintaining literacy levels over the summer holiday. In fact, continuing to read over the summer can boost student learning–and we want to help!

Here are a few things parents can do to encourage more reading over the summer:

  • Let your child choose what to read. The library can help. Secondary students can check out as many books and magazines as they would like over the summer. Elementary students need a signed permission slip from a parent. You can download the permission slip here.
  • Use our Summer Reading brochures to help your child make good reading choices. You can view or download any of our four brochures by clicking on one of the following links: Nursery to Grade 2, Grades 3 – 5, Grades 6-8 and Young Adult.
  • Take reading material everywhere. Always have books, magazines or graphic novels in your child’s bag when you’re traveling, staying with relatives and going to the beach.
  • Read aloud to your children–no matter how old they are! Alternatively, listen to audio books on long road or plane journeys. (See this recent blog post from Stacy Fisher entitled “Free Audio Books: The Fifteen Best Sources Online.”)
  • Use Tumble Books, an online collection of high-quality, age-appropriate novels, graphic novels and nonfiction books at all reading levels. For Kindergarten to Grade 2, use the TumbleBook Library; for Grades 3 to 5, use the TumbleBook Cloud, Jr.; for Grades 6 and up, go to the TumbleBook Cloud. The username and password can be found on the library homepage. Just visit library.istianjin.net and log in.

Character Dress Up Day

Today we celebrated World Book Day in the library with Character Dress Up Day. It was wonderful to see so many students and teachers dressed up in fantastic costumes. We had a lunchtime parade, took green screen photos in the library, and activities for students who wished to stay in the library at lunchtime. Please enjoy some photos from this fun and exciting day at IST!

Poetry Month at the Library

We have been having a wonderful time celebrating Poetry Month over the past week. Students have enjoyed creating poems on our magnetic white board, exploring websites where they can read and write poems, and enjoying reading some of our fantastic collection of poetry books.

Next week will be even more exciting with all of the fun events we have planned, especially Character Dress Up Day on World Book Day Monday, April 24th!

Character Dress Up Day Monday, April 24th

We are going to celebrate World Book Day on April 24th  with Character Dress Up Day, a Library Lunchtime Parade, Photo Shoot, and more fun activities. Here are a few easy costume ideas to get you started.

Fancy Nancy (from the series by Jane O’Connor).

You will need lots of pink, a frilly skirt, and fun accessories. We have many Fancy Nancy books in the library; you can choose one to help inspire your costume.

Where’s Waldo? (from the books by Martin Hanford).

This costume is easy to make. All you need is a red and white striped shirt, red beanie, and some black-rimmed glasses.

Madeline (from the books by Ludwig Bemelmans)

To  dress up like Madeline, you’ll need a blue dress with white collar, a straw hat, red tie and white socks.

Arthur (from the books by Marc Brown)

For this costume, all you’ll need are a pair of jeans, a yellow sweater, white collared shirt, glasses, and sneakers.

For more great costume ideas, follow this link: https://www.bookaid.org/support-us/world-book-day/world-book-day-dress-up/

We can’t wait to see your costumes on April 24th!

 

April is Poetry Month

All next month we will be celebrating the power of poetry at the IST library. Please stop by the library for:

  • displays of some of the wonderful books of poetry we have in the library collection
  • have fun creating your own poetry with our huge magnetic poetry board
  • write a poem on a postcard and post it anywhere in China or overseas (1 RMB in China and 5 RMB overseas)
  • Create and illustrate your own poems

We will celebrate World Book Day on April 24th and continue all week long with poetry quizzes (and a chance to win prizes!), special prizes for some of our library patrons, and lunchtime activities.

Come celebrate Poetry Month with us!

Upcoming Library Events

Please mark your calendars for these upcoming events in February and March:

Panda Book Voting: February 13-17. The Panda Book Awards is a reading initiative that invites students from participating schools to vote for their favorite books published in 2014-16. Students can vote for books in four categories: Younger, Middle, Older, and Mature Readers. All students will have the opportunity to vote in the library during the week of the 13th to 17th.

Grade 10 Personal Project Exhibition: February 22. Come celebrate the hard work of our grade 10 students when they present their final projects on Wednesday, February 22nd. This is the culmination of a year-long research project by the students.

Star Kids Book Fair: March 2 & 3. IST community members will have another opportunity to buy quality children’s books from a variety of publishers at this spring book fair hosted by Beijing’s Star Kids bookstore.