Join the Library’s Birthday Book Club!

Happy Birthday, Kitsune!

Congratulations and thanks to Kitsune Lewis-Sterling in Pre-K for her recent Birthday Book Club donation to the library. She donated Gon, the Little Fox, by Nankichi Niimi. This is a traditional Japanese children’s story about the life of a little fox called Gon.

Our latest reader!

Our latest reader!

Did you know that “kitsune” means fox in Japanese?


End-of-year Check Out Dates

Reminder –

  • 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 Sizzling IST Parent Community Book Club

A burned corpse in a park in Beijing....

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.

Non-Fiction Picture Books

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.

Parent Community Book Club News


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!

World Book Day

Secondary Students Celebrate Books @ the IST Library!

"Harry Potter is NOT Just for Kids" in the Library during homeroom on 3 March

“Harry Potter is NOT Just for Kids” in the Library during homeroom on 3 March

8:10-8:20 am Thursday
“Harry Potter is NOT Just for Kids”A Pecha Kucha presentation (20 slides, 20 seconds each)by Ms. Maggie Kerr, resident Wizard at heart.Please sign up for the Harry Potter Pecha Kucha:Email Mrs. Morgan or stop by the desk and we will get you excused from homeroom on Thursday, 3 March.

Lunch Bunch 1:00 pm on 3 March

Lunch Bunch 1:00 pm on 3 March

Bring a home lunch to Study Room #4 (the Book Club room) and celebrate books! Look at another aspect of drafting: from the artist’s perspective. We will be taking a look at how famous illustrators prepare their works. We will watch a couple of video clips, look at sketch books, and discuss the process.Facilitated by Ms. Atkinson & Mrs. Morgan.

Panda Book Awards Voting on February 29, 2016

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).