- 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.
32 proud Grade 10 students exhibited their year’s work on Wednesday, 27 April. There was a fascinating variety of topics as evidenced in the photos below.They are an articulate group and they enthusiastically shared their learning with their audiences. Thank you to everyone who attended.
A burned corpse in a park in Beijing….
We had a great meeting last week; thank you to everyone who attended. Our final meeting before the summer holiday is scheduled for Friday, 27 May at 9:15 am in the library. We will be discussing the murder mystery The Firemaker (China Thriller #1) by Peter May. Mark your calendars! This one sounds like a sizzler.
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!
There is a wonderful blog, Kid Lit Frenzy, that I have been reading lately. If you want to read some great reviews of picture books, middle grade and young adult books, I recommend following it. This latest post is number one if a two part series on new releases of non-fiction picture books.
Ten members met last Friday. We selected the final two books of the school year. We will be meeting on Friday, 22 April to discuss The Martian by Andy Weir. This is a science fiction novel that was originally self-published in 2011 and went on to be made into a major motion picture. It is ironic that on Earth Day 2015 we will be discussing the stranding of an astronaut on Mars 2035!
Our final read will be The Firemaker by Peter May and we will meet in May. Another irony!
The Panda Book Awards reading initiative takes our students on an exciting reading adventure throughout the year. It was launched during International Schools Library Week this past October; students began reading from the four categories. Students from around 40 participating schools vote for their favorite book in the first two weeks after Chinese New Year. On Monday, February 29 the IST Library & Information Literacy Center will be holding our very first Panda Book Voting Party at IST. Elementary students who have read 5 or more of the books shortlisted for Panda Awards will receive an invitation on February 23 to the voting party. (Secondary students may vote for their favourite Panda book in the Older and Mature Categories throughout the day at a designated computer).
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.