Teen Health and Wellness Center

According to Rosen publishers:
Every article in  the subscription database, Teen Health and Wellness Center now includes a Translation Widget in the upper right corner. Users can instantly translate any article into Spanish, French, Chinese, Russian, Korean, and more. (Haitian Creole will be available later this summer.) This should help all of our community of users⎯teens and adults⎯to feel even more “at home” while finding answers, easily and with confidence, 24/7.

Remember students can view databases over the summer. Login passwords can be found on the homepage of the OPAC.

Is It Endangered?

Grade 2 is embarking on an inquiry into how we share the planet. They are focusing on endangered animals and were in the library earlier this week looking for books and websites about different animal species.

Not all animals are endangered, thankfully. To know which animals are endangered, grade 2 students – and other animal lovers – can use the library catalog. Click on the link below to see a screencast that will show you how.

Endangered Animals List

End of Year …

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Overdue notices were distributed this week. Please make sure library records are cleared. Students who do not clear their records will not receive reports.

All returning students, who have cleared their records, are invited to check out books over the summer. And remember all databases are available throughout the summer too.

We are nearing the end of the year. Students can find recommended booklists for summer reading in the library OPAC.

See Summer Reads, Book Lists, Reads for Teens, and Panda Books.

More Books

This past week students received their book orders from Scholastic. Purchases enabled the library to receive several bonus books that have been added to the collection.

Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen

Lisa has been busy adding titles to the collection. The following novels have been added into Reading Resource collection:

The Japanese Ninja Surprise (Flat Stanley’s World Wide Adventure) 35 copies. Reading level: 4.5

Flying Solo by Ralph Fletcher 6 copies. Reading level: 5.8

The Voyage of the Frog by Gary Paulsen. 6 copies. Reading level: 5.9

Also Known as Harper by Ann Haywood Leal, 6 copies. Reading level: 4.0.

Hard Gold: the Colorado Gold Rush of 1859 by Avi. 6 copies. Reading level: 4.2.

Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen. 6 copies. RL: 4.3.

Heartbeat by Sharon Creech. 6 copies. RL: 5.4.

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen. 6 copies. RL5.9.

It Only Looks Easy by Pamela Curtis Swallow. 6 copies. RL5.2.

This is a case where individual reading habits support the full school reading practices. Thank you!

Scholastic Book Club orders have arrived

The March Scholastic Book Club orders arrived on Friday!

The March Scholastic Book Club orders have arrived.

The Scholastic Book Club orders arrived on Friday. Elementary teachers have distributed the books to the students who ordered. Secondary students are invited to pick up their order at the library’s circulation desk. Please come see us at the library if you have any problems with your order.

Thanks to the IST’s community participation in the book club orders, we were able to obtain many new items for the library and the elementary reading program for free. Thank you!

This is our second and last order from the Scholastic Book Clubs this year. We plan to continue with the book club ordering next year. If you have any comments or questions regarding the Scholastic Book Club orders, please comment here or contact us at the library.

Monkey Business

Grade one is working on one of my favorite units—The Stories Unit
Their central idea is …
We all use stories to share our ideas, feelings and what is important to each of us.

I had the opportunity to be a guest storyteller and share one of my favorite stories that has been around since 1940, Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina. For awhile we had a room full of little monkeys shaking their fingers and hissing, ‘Tsz, tsz, tsz.” After the story, students were grouped in threes and retold the story to each other using one of Dr. McDonald’s storytelling techniques.

It was a delightful morning for all of us!

The 100 Books Club

Badge given to the members of the 100 Books Club

Congratulations to the 8 IST elementary students who have checked out 100 books or more this year. They will be given a badge like the one shown on this post and they will be the first to check out one of our latest batch of new books, especially chosen for each of them.

The 100 Books Club members for the year 2009-2010 school year are:

    Tracy Zheng, 2M
    Angela Yang, 5W
    Jung Bin Hong, 4T
    Joo Young Hwang, 5C
    Amber Garrett, 4T
    Julius Bernhardt, 4S
    Michael Fitzgerald, 4T
    Seung Hwan Cha, 4T

Keep reading, everyone!

Panda Reading List 2010-2011

FLASH announcement! The new PANDA reading list for 2010-2011 has just been announced. Twelve books have been selected for each category. For more details on each title you can link to LibraryThing.

My Library at LibraryThing


1. All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon
2. The Book that Eats People by John Perry
3. Chicken Cheeks by Michael Ian Black
4. Curious Garden by Peter Brown
5. The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
6. Little Beauty by Anthony Browne
7. Listen to the Wind: the Story of Dr. Greg and Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
8. Mouse and Mole; Fine Feathered Friends by Herbert Yee Wong
9. The Pencil by Allan Ahlberg
10. Silly Tilly by Eileen Spinelli
11. A Very Big Bunny by Marisabina Russo
12. What Does it Mean to Be Global? by Rana DiOrio


1. Frozen in Time by Ali Sparkes
2. The Grand Mosque of Paris: a Story of how Muslims Rescued Jews during the Holocaust by Karen Ruelle
3. I Spy Fly Guy by Ted Arnold
4. In Memory of Gorfman T. Frog by Gail Donovan
5. Messing around the Monkey Bars and Other School Poems for Two Voices by Betsy Franco
6. Mudshark by Gary Paulsen
7. NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, Defense Society by Michael Buckley
8. Nicholas in Trouble by Rene Goscinny
9. Perry Angel’s Suitcase by Glenda Millard
10. Tsunami by Kimiko Kajikawa
11. The Unfinished Angel by Sharon Creech
12. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

(Middle School)

1. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
2. Angel Boy by Bernard Ashley
3. The Book of Nonsense by David Michael Slater
4. The Carbon Diaries, 2015 by Saci Lloyd
5. Children of the Sea by Daisuke Igarashi
6. The Day of the Pelican by Katherine Paterson
7. Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve
8. If I had a Hammer: Building Homes and Hope with Habitat for Humanity by David Rubel
9. Kaimira: the Sky Village by Monk Ashland
10. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
11. Lost Riders by Elizabeth Laird
12. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead


1. The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: the Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need by Daniel H. Pink
2. Bone Worship by Elizabeth Eslami
3. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
4. The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan
5. Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan
6. The Kids Are All Right by Diana Welch
7. The Lost City of Z: a Tale of Deadly Obsessions in the Amazon by David Grann
8. The Magicians by Lev Grossman
9. Shenzhen by Guy Delisle
10. Socialism is Great: a Worker’s Memoir of the New China by Lijia Zhang
11. Stitches by David Small
12. Twenty Chickens for a Saddle: the Story of an African Childhood by Robyn Scott