Welcome Back to School!

A warm welcome back to school from the IST Library staff! We are excited to welcome students, parents, and staff back to the library.

You will see some new faces in the library this year!

Lisa Fang, Linnea Simon, Eleanor Surridge, and Lisa Lee

Lisa Fang, Linnea Simon, Eleanor Surridge, and Lisa Lee

Ms. Fang is the Library Officer. She has been working in the IST library for seven years. She looks forward to seeing you and helping you in the library.

Ms. Simon is the Elementary Teacher-Librarian. She has been teaching at IST for the past four years, and is excited to join the library team this year. She is looking forward to a fantastic year of reading!

Ms. Surridge, the Secondary Teacher-Librarian, is returning to IST after a three-year absence. She’s thrilled to be back and looking forward to working closely with a wide range of IST community members.

Ms. Lee is the Library TA. This is her second year at IST, and first year working in the library. If you need anything in the library, she is happy to help you any way she can.

Parent Book Club: Friday, August 19 at 9:15 am

The Parent Book Club, open to parents of all nationalities, is having the first meeting of the year on Friday, 19 August at 9:15 to discuss The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo. At 384 pages, this will still be a manageable read in a week’s time! Please join us.

ghost bride

“With its gripping tangles of plot and engaging characters, this truly compelling read is sure to garner much well-deserved attention.” Julie Trevelyan for Booklist

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.

Library Hours

Remember, the library is always open virtually. Go to library.istianjin.net and log in for database access. Check homework logs for login details.

Regular library hours are Monday to Thursday from 7:30 to 4:30 and Friday from 7:30 to 3:30.

Remember to return your summer reading books!

Summer Reading for the Adults

Thank you to all the community members who came to the IST Parent & Community Book Club meetings this past year. We had some in-depth discussions on a variety of themes including war, murder, love, friendship, intolerance and inclusion. The multicultural insights have broadened all our minds. Thanks so much.

The next meeting is tentatively set for Friday, 19 August at 9:15 am in the library. The book that was selected is The Ghost Bride by Yangtze Choo. It’s available on Kindle.

ghost bride


Happy reading from Jinx Morgan!

The IST Parent & Community Book Club is open to any reader who is interested. We have members from many different nationalities.  If you would like to join in our lively discussion, please come to our next meeting or email: eleanor_surridge@istianjin.net.

Happy Birthday, A Jin!

We are so happy to see students participating in our Library Birthday Book Club. Last Thursday, A Jin from 3C celebrated her birthday with us.


A Jin donated Dork Diaries: OMG! All about me diary! by Rachel Renee Russell. This book is part of the ever-popular Dork Diaries series. A Jin loves this series (along with many other students in Grades 3-5!), so this seemed like a great fit for her birthday book.

Summer Reading Options: Avoiding Summer Slide

There are many statistics that support the importance of summer reading. Children need to read during the summer months to maintain current reading levels.  If not, they “slide” backwards. To help keep our students reading over the summer, IST has several online reading options. To access the passwords, you must login to the Library OPAC.


One of our options is TumbleBooks, (http://www.tumblebooklibrary.com), an online collection with animated storybooks, chapter books, graphic novels, fiction/non-fiction books to read online, and puzzles and games for both elementary and middle school English Language Learners.

Tumblebooks is fun!

Tumblebooks is fun!

The IST Library recommends that users set up “My Cloud” and personalize their favorite lists.

The second option is TumbleBookCloud Junior, http://www.tbcjr.com), another collection of ebooks and read-along chapter books, non-fiction books, graphic novels, educational videos, and audio books specifically for Grades 3-6.

The third option is to borrow a Kindle loaded with ebooks. We have 6 available.


SYNC, (http://www.audiobooksync.com), is a program that gives away two complete audiobook downloads–a current Young Adult title paired thematically with a Classic title–each week to teens ages 13+.

The 2016 season is 5 May – 17 August. (Week10 and Week 15 have books that are on this coming year’s Mature Panda Book Award list).

Titles are delivered through the OverDrive Media Console.  This software can be downloaded onto desktops, laptops, or even as an app on your phone.

Not all titles are available overseas, but the majority are.

Print Books

Returning students who have cleared their accounts are invited to checkout up to 10 books each for summer. Elementary students will need a signed permission slip from parents for summer checkout. Permission slips were sent through homerooms.

The Library will be giving out recommended summer reading lists at the Community Fair. Stop by our used book sale and get one. If you do not make it, they will be available in the library the rest of the school year.


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.