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Image from cover of Johnson, Marilyn. This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All*. New York: Harper, 2010.

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*This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All.

Earth Day Poetry Podcast

IST celebrates Earth Day in 40 year formation!

There were three sessions of students who participated in Choral Poetry on Earth Day. The recordings of the podcasts can be found for each session below:

earth day choral poetry—session 1

earth day choral poetry—session 2

earth day choral poetry—session 3

Poems that were read are the following:

Spring Welcome

Deborah Ruddell

A million arms in woody sleeves

wave a zillion brand-new leaves,

inviting wrens to be their guests,

the orioles to build their nests,

and calling all the chickadees

to stay and raise their families.

Ruddell, Deborah. 2009. A Whiff of Pine, A Hint of Skunk. Illustrated by Joan Rankin. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Grp1=lines 1-2

Grp2=lines 3-4

Grp3=lines 5-6


by Avis Harley

The butterfly was there

before any human art was made.

Before cathedrals rose in prayer,

the butterfly was there.

Before pyramids pierced the air

or Great Wall stones were laid,

the butterfly was there.

Before any human, art was made.

From Harley, Avis. 2008. The Monarch’s Progress; Poems with Wings. Honesdale, PA: Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press. p. 27.

The Eagle

by Alfred Lord Tennyson

He clasps the crag with crooked hands;

Close to the sun in lonely lands,

Ringed with the azure world, he stands.

The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;

He watches from his mountain walls,

And like a thunderbolt he falls.

Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron. “Eagle, The.” Columbia Granger’s World of Poetry Online. 2009. Columbia University Press. 12 Apr. 2009. <http://www.columbiagrangers.org>.

Birthday thanks to Zak!

Zak and the 2010 Caldecott Award book.

Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday to you,
You gave us a Caldecott
and we warmly thank you.

To celebrate Zakari’s birthday, he participated in the IST Library Birthday Book Club, a program that allows patrons to help build the library collection. His birthday book was the 2010 Caldecott Award* recipient, The Lion and the Mouse, by Jerry Pinkney. This beautiful wordless book retells the Aesop fable of the mighty lion who spare a little mouse’s life and was then saved from a hunter’s net by that same mouse. The illustrations are beautifully detailed watercolors of the African savannah and we are very happy that Zakari has donated the book, to join other award-winning books in our collection. Zak is a wonderful artist, so we are sure that he is enjoying the magnificent illustrations.

The IST Library Birthday Book Club is a program through which the library purchases a book for the birthday boy or girl. We try as much as possible to match the interests and reading level of the birthday recipient. During the library session closest to the birthday date, the librarians present the new book to the birthday honoree, who is the first to check out the book. A bookplate is inserted in the book stating that it is a donation from the child and it remains as a testament to the child’s love for literature in the library collection. Parents can sign up their children for the small fee of 150RMB. Don’t worry if your birthday has passed already. We also have the Un-Birthday Book Club!

*The Caldecott Award is given to the best American children’s picture book of the year. Find a list of the Caldecott Award and Caldecott Honor Awards (the runner ups) on our library catalog here.


April is Poetry Month! Library lessons will be focusing on poetry for the next couple of weeks. Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day will be on 21 April. Posters with poems are up. Students – everyone – are welcome to take the poems from the pockets to read and enjoy.  As you enjoy the poems in the poster pockets, please

DO take a poem out, read it, enjoy it, ponder it and the meaning of life
DON’T forget to put it back into a pocket – either the same one you took it from or another
DO copy a poem that really touches you
DON’T throw poems in the recycling bin
DO bring us suggested poems, we’ll photocopy
DON’T forget to cite the poet and, if possible, the collection of poems where the poem was published
DO write your own poems, we’ll happily photocopy
DO pick out a favorite poem to keep in your own pocket for sharing on 21 April

Wishing you all a poetic April!

Link to more poetry pages here.

News: 10 March 2010

Information Literacy and Library News

book orders

Scholastic book orders

The library would like to thank the IST community for their support and participation during the author visit. The survey results indicate that the community was satisfied with the author visit. One author who is trying to cover the needs of the full school is difficult. It is recommended that the school consider an appropriate author for each school on alternate years: elementary one year and the following year secondary. As we continue to focus on oral skills, the skills and stories shared during the author visit will continue to be highlighted throughout the year. In fact, there are some Thursday Night Lives that will be featuring students and their oral skills.

On Wednesday, 16 boxes arrived with Scholastic book orders; the books were distributed to all eager readers.

Attention Grade 11 Parents! due to Parent Conferences that have been scheduled 31 March and 1 April, the Extended Essay — EE Tea has been changed to a “meet and greet.” Please be sure to schedule a time with Ms. Gourley about the Extended Essay process.