We had our first parent & toddler story time at the library yesterday. We had a great time with songs, stories and fun. We are already looking forward to our next story time! If you have a young child age 0-3, please join us for the next session (time and date to be announced).
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!
Please join us for the first Parent & Toddler Story Time of the year!
When: Friday, September 29th following the Moon Festival Assembly (9:15 am to 10:00 am).
Where: The IST library’s story room.
Who: Parents and toddlers (ages 0-3).
Why: To enjoy stories, songs, and fun in the library.
We hope to see many parents there! To help us with planning, please RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The librarians are planning parent information sessions for the first semester of the school year, and we would like your input on the types of sessions that will be most useful to you. Please take a couple of minutes to fill out a short survey by following this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HYVMCRF.
Dates for the first sessions will be announced soon!
Last week, we were pleased to host author and illustrator Matt Holm for two days of workshops with elementary and secondary students and teachers. Mr. Holm shared his journey to becoming an author and illustrator, and how he creates the artwork for books like the popular Squish and Babymouse series. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed his workshops, and many students were inspired by his visit and wanted to work on their own illustrations. A big thank you to Matt Holm and the team at Obido books who helped make it happen!
Happy birthday, Jun Seo!
Thank you to Jun Seo, grade 2, for his Birthday Book Club donation to the library. Jun Seo’s birthday book is The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future by Dav Pilkey. Jun Seo enjoys reading funny books, so we think he will like this book! He was the first student to check out the book from the library this week. Happy birthday, Jun Seo!
Happy birthday, Claire!
We also celebrated Claire’s birthday with a Birthday Book Club book this week. Claire, in kindergarten, enjoys learning animal facts, so we hope she will like reading What if You Had Animal Teeth? by Sandra Markle. Happy birthday, Claire!
If you would like to celebrate your child’s birthday with the IST Library Birthday Book Club, please contact the librarians at Linnea_Simon@istianjin.net or Eleanor_Surridge@istianjin.net for more information on how to join.
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!
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!
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.
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.