International Schools Library Week is coming!

ISLW Oct 24 to 28

International Schools Library Week at IST–Monday, October 24th to Friday, October 28th.


You can begin to look forward to the week of October 24-28th when there will be lots of action in and around the library. We’ll be launching this year’s Panda Book Awards, offering Apple Store workshops, giving prizes, hosting the Beijing Book Fair and more. Watch this space for details and updates.

If you are interested in being a guest reader for an elementary class, please contact Ms. Simon at Linnea_Simon at istianjin dot net to let her know what you’d like to read and when.

Next IST Parent Book Club scheduled for Thursday, October 27th at 1:30PM

A Man Called Ove

“A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman–our October Parent Book Club Pick.


Last week on Friday we had an excellent turn-out and an interesting discussion about the Man Booker Prize winning novel, The Vegetarian by Han Kang. Our next meeting will take place on Thursday, October 27th at 1:30PM. Please note that we will usually meet on the last Friday of the month in the morning but we needed to choose an alternate time this month. Join us to discuss the novel, A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. This book is available to purchase in Kindle format.

To join the book club, email Eleanor_Surridge at istianjin dot net

Happy Birthday, Tianluo!

We began celebrating Tianluo’s birthday early (his birthday is September 19th) with his Birthday Book Club donation of six books. Thank yimg_3849ou Tianluo for your generous donation to the library!

Tianluo has a wide range of interests, and particularly likes award-winning books. His birthday book donations are Emmanuel’s Dream: the True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson & Sean Qualls; Roger is Reading a Book by Koen Van Biesen; Hippos Are Huge! by Jonathan London & Matthew Trueman;   Leo: a Ghost Story by Mac Barnett & Christian Robinson; Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Willems; and Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld.

Enjoy your books, Tianluo, and we hope you have a happy birthday!

If you would like to celebrate your child’s birthday with the IST Library Birthday Book Club, please contact the librarians at or for more information on how to join.

Happy Birthday, Alice!

Today we were excited to celebrate Alice’s birthday with her Birthday Book Club donation. Alice, in grade 1, donated Elephants Cannot Dance! by Mo Willems. She is the first person to check out this new book from the library. Thank you Alice, and we hope you enjoy your book!


If you would like to celebrate your child’s birthday with the IST Library Birthday Book Club, please contact the librarians at or for more information on how to join.



Happy Birthday, Jun Seo!

IMG_3820 (1)Happy birthday, Jun Seo!

Thank you to Jun Seo Yu, grade 1, for his Birthday Book donation to the library. Jun Seo’s birthday book is Dinosaurs From Head to Tail by Stacey Roderick and Kwanchai Moriya. Jun Seo was the first student to check out the book from the library this week.

We hope you enjoy it!

If you would like to celebrate your birthday with the IST Library Birthday Book Club, please contact the library staff at for more information on how to join.


IST Parent Book Club pick — “The Vegetarian” by Han Kang

IST Parents, join us on Friday, September 23rd at 9:15 to discuss this month’s book club choice, The Vegetarian by Han Kang. If you would like the library to order a copy for you from Book Depository, email before Wednesday, August 24th.

2016 Man Booker Prize Winner

The Vegetarian by Han Kang

Originally written in Korean and recently translated into English, The Vegetarian was awarded the 2016 Man Booker Prize—one of the world’s most prestigious literary awards. Here is the announcement from Man Booker chair of the judging panel, Boyd Tonkin:
The Vegetarian by Han Kang, translated from the Korean by Deborah Smith, is an unforgettably powerful and original novel that richly deserves to win the Man Booker International Prize 2016. After our selection of a diverse and distinguished longlist, and a shortlist of six truly outstanding novels in first-rate translations, the judges unanimously chose The Vegetarian as our winner. Told in three voices, from three different perspectives, this concise, unsettling and beautifully composed story traces an ordinary woman’s rejection of all the conventions and assumptions that bind her to her home, family and society. In a style both lyrical and lacerating, it reveals the impact of this great refusal both on the heroine herself and on those around her. This compact, exquisite and disturbing book will linger long in the minds, and maybe the dreams, of its readers. Deborah Smith’s perfectly judged translation matches its uncanny blend of beauty and horror at every turn.’

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 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:

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, (, 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,, 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, (, 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.