School’s Out for Summer

Summer Read

Wishing the IST community a restful and refreshing holiday. Remember the library OPAC can be your portal for online reading. See recommended book lists and more here.

Congratulations to the graduates on their new adventure and journeys.

As the year ends, I would like to express my appreciation for the support and opportunities the IST community has provided over the years for the library and for me and my family. I am leaving with many fond memories and experiences. Thank you.

Our Library Catalog Brings You the Latest News

Are you an elementary student interested in current events? Are you a parent looking to keep your children abreast of what is happening in your home country? Are you an elementary teacher looking to motivate your students in reading for purposes outside of the classroom?

We have put together a collection of news sites for children on our library OPAC. It’s very easy and convenient.

First, go to the library OPAC. There is a link to it at the top left of this page. Your classroom or subject teachers’ blogs also have a link on their sidebars.

On the main search page of the library OPAC, click on the Visual tab.

Click on Current Events for Elementary button. This will take you to a group of news sites for children in different languages. Enjoy!

Audio Books for Teens

Each week, SYNC will give away 2 FREE downloads–a popular Young Adult title paired with a Classic title that appears on Summer Reading lists–starting July 1 through September 1, 2010.

Here is the list and the schedule:

Available July 1 – July 7
The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Available July 8 – July 14
Over the End Line by Alfred C. Martino
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay

Available July 15 – July 21
Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Available July 22 – July 28
The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Available July 29 – August 4
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Available August 5 – August 11
Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Available August 12 – August 18
Coming Soon…

Available August 19 – August 25
Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

Available August 26 – September 1
Handbook for Boys by Walter Dean Myers
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Summer Reading

"To sit alone . . . with a book spread out before you . . . such is a pleasure beyond compare.” —Yoshida Kinko, Essays in Idleness

“The research is clear that children who don’t read during the summer can lose up to three months of reading progress and that loss has a cumulative, long-term effect.” (See:

Summer reading is a wonderful time to refuel. A variety of recommended book lists can be found in the library OPAC.
See Summer Reads, Book Lists, Reads for Teens, and Panda Books.
And remember all databases are available throughout the summer too! Visit libraries on your summer travels.

Summer Book Checkout
If students have cleared their library records they may begin checking out for the summer on Monday, 7 June. Elementary students up to grade 4 will need a permission note. Parents and staff are invited to begin checking out on Wednesday, 10 June.
If a book has been lost, the matter must be settled before a student will receive their reports.

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Donation from Chan family

Donated by Eric and Rachel Chan, the author's grandchildren

Both books can be found on the IST catalog.

We are delighted to add two books to our library collection: Once Upon a Bell Tree and A Little Grain of Rice, both by Theresa Lim Mun Sim. These have been graciously donated to IST by her grandchildren, Rachel and Eric Chan, who attend our school since 2008.

Both books are memoirs from Ms. Sim’s childhood. She grew up in Malaysia on a plantation she charmingly calls The Wood of the Thousand Rubber Trees. The text is accompanied by charming illustrations, black and white sketches in Once Upon a Bell Tree and watercolors in the sequel, A Little Grain of Rice.

These books will appeal to readers of all ages. Parents who read the stories aloud with their family will surely find themselves sharing their own recollections of childhood with their own children.


Reminder to all library users –
All library materials must be returned by Friday, 4 June. Students with outstanding library materials will not receive their report cards until they have cleared their overdue lists. Lost books will need to be paid for.

Elementary students must also return the black library bags. Missing bags will be charged at 50 RMB.

We encourage our school community to check out books over the summer. Library materials may be checked out over the summer holidays if

    • the student has a cleared library record
    • elementary student (gr NPK- 4) has written permission from parents stating that student will be responsible for returning or replacing library books on the first day of the 2010-2011 school year.
  • Forms can be found here: Summer checkout permission form