Keeping Up and Staying Ahead

Yesterday Mrs. Morgan and Mrs. Fang (Library Coordinator and Library Assistant, respectively), accompanied by Neo Zhang (IT Database Manager)  attended a Follett workshop in Beijing . Follett is the company for Destiny, IST’s automated library software. Today we are busy implementing our learning to keep up with the many changes inherent in each updated version.  Mrs. Morgan also gave a presentation about the integration of LibGuides, a curation tool that she uses to support IST teachers and students in their units of inquiry. This software, an industry standard in academic libraries, was new to most of the 50+ librarians in attendance.

LibGuides are subject guides to help students find credible resources. These subject guides are springboards into detailed information that is academic and authoritative. In these guides, librarians recommend specific databases for specific subjects.  Widgets are built into the guides so students can access the databases immediately. Also included are other online sources, eBooks, and books from the IST Library Collections. This week, LibGuides are being used in DP Literature, Grade 8 HEAL and Grade 7 Humanities.

Why should students use them? Other than the fact that librarians spend an immense amount of time creating them…LibGuides should be used because an experienced researcher is directing students in the right direction. The researcher gets help  with “Tuning In” and “Sorting Out,” which are both part of the IST Inquiry Cycle. Students can access information faster, get a background on their topic, and be more successful in their searches

Our Commitment to Literacy

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The strength of the library was tangible during IST’s celebration of International Schools Library Week (ISLW) in October. New programming energized this traditional observance. The following week, IST hosted a greatly respected author, Kenn Nesbitt, former USA Children’s Poet Laureate. Former USA Poet Laureate (2013-2015) Kenn Nesbitt Visits IST On the heels of ISLW, elementary […]

Kenn Nesbitt is coming!

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We are so excited that Children’s Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt will be visiting IST in just over a week on November 2nd & 3rd. Kenn will be mainly working with Elementary students in the 3-5 playroom and has lots of fun activities and poetry games planned to enthuse our students about poetry.  Beijing Star Kids will also be selling Kenn’s books in the library on both days.

Please take a look at the schedule below for Kenn’s visit and feel free to drop in on the workshops at your leisure.

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Reminder: Book Fair!

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Don’t forget. Tomorrow is our October book fair, hosted by Wangfujing Foreign Languages Bookstore. Hundreds of children’s books will be available.   We hope to see you tomorrow – and again on Friday! Books make great gifts.

International Schools Library Week is almost here!

International Schools Library Week is fast approaching! Get ready to celebrate our library and our international community starting from Monday, 19 October. Here’s a breakdown of our activities:

  • 19 October – Panda Book Official Launch
    Come to the library during lunch recess to start your Panda Book challenge of reading 5 Panda books or more to be invited to a Panda Voting Party later in the year.  Checkouts start today!
  • 19, 20 & 22 October – Secondary Lunchtime Makerspace. Activities will be run by the MYP Book Club. Monday is Ozobot & iPads; coding day. On Tuesday join us for Literary Pumpkins!  Your team will be challenged to transform a pumpkin into your favourite storybook character. Thursday is Game Day & final Ozobot Challenge.
  • 20 OctoberK-2 Makerspace.  Join Miss Lizzy in the library at lunch recess and make your very own panda!
  • 22-23 October – Beijing Book Fair
    The Beijing Foreign Languages Bookstore will set up in the library on Thursday, 22 October and Friday, 23 October.
    Hours are 8:00 to 4:30 on Thursday and 8.00 to 3.30 on Friday.
    Hundreds of English language books will be for sale.
    Cash only, sorry.
  • 22 & 23 October – 3-5 Makerspace.  Join Miss Lizzy in the library at lunch recess for fun activities and games.
  • Weeklong – Official 2016 Panda Book Awards Launch
    Join 30 other international schools in China as we read the books shortlisted for the 2016 Panda Book Awards shortlist
    Get a Panda Book Awards bookmark. Collect all 4!
    D.E.A.R – There will be surprise ‘drop everything and read’ sessions throughout the week, so keep your favourite book handy!
    Guest speakers – Guest speakers will be dropping in on Elementary classes all week to share their love of reading and their favourite picture book.

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Tianluo’s Big Bang Into the Birthday Book Club!

Grade 1 donates 4 Panda Award books!

Grade 1 student donates 4 Panda Award books!

Grade 1 student Tianluo Du is a big fan of award winners. He showed his enthusiasm with a great big entrance into the birthday book club by donating four books shortlisted for the Panda Awards this year: Eye To Eye: How Animals See the World; Gaston; Open Very Carefully: A Book With a Bite; Pigsticks and Harold and the Incredible Journey. Now this boy knows how to celebrate with reading!

Tianluo’s birthday is 19 September. Happy Birthday!

Parent Workshops

Mark your diaries!

The Library will be offering Parent Library Skills Workshop on Wednesday, October 7 in the library.  This is an opportunity for you to learn more about the rich array of resources available to everyone in the IST community.


The Librarians will teach you how to access databases and look at our collection online.  There will be workshops offered in Chinese and English.  Details of how to register for the workshops will be posted soon!

Birthday Book Club Kids!

Happy Birthday to Grade 1 Students

Jun Seo Yu and Persephone Lewis-Sterling!

The IST Library Birthday Club’s newest member is Persephone Lewis-Sterling. Persephone donated Not All Princesses Dress in Pink by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stempe. This cute story is a great change for all those readers who tire of Disney princesses and want a stronger female role model. Thanks, Persephone, and happy birthday!

Great thanks also go out to longtime birthday book club member Jun Seo Yu.  Jun Seo Yu’s birthday book donation of Lego Hero Factory: Brain Attack by Catherine Saunders is belongs to a  very popular series at IST. As the birthday boy, Jun Seo gets to check out and read it first! What a lucky boy. Lego lovers will have to wait in line.