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.



Welcome to the IST Library and Information Literacy Center!

“A library should be like a pair of open arms.

                        Roger Rosenblatt

Welcome back to the start of an exciting new school year at IST. Here in the library, we are excited to see returning and new students, and hear what everyone has been reading over the summer!

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Left to right: Kay Kou, Assistant; Lisa Fang, Assistant; Virginia Morgan, Secondary Teacher-Librarian; Danny Hilleson, Elementary Teacher-Librarian; Lizzy Wang, World Languages and Early Childhood Teacher-Librarian.

Our library staff are available to help students find the information and reading material that they need. We have many books, reference materials, online databases, and more that the school community have access to – ask us to tell you about them or visit the library to find out more!

Please visit our library blog often, as we will be posting news, reviews, great links, and information about various initiatives we will be holding throughout the school year.

Library hours:

Monday-Thursday 7:30-4:30 pm

Friday 7:30-3:30 pm

Parents are always welcome.

Happy reading!

IST Library Birthday Book Club’s Newest Members

Birthday Boys!

Il Sun donated a whopping 10 books in Korean from the Magic School Bus series. Now a whole lot of happy students can read this series in their mother tongue. What a fantastic addition to our library! Thanks again.

The IST Library Birthday Club’s newest member, PreK student Se Dang Park, donated National Geographic Kids: The Ultimate Dinopedia: The Most Complete Dinosaur Reference Ever to the library in celebration of his birthday on May 22.

Se Dang searched online and chose the book by himself. Fascinated with dinosaurs, he has read almost all the dinosaur books in the library and is very knowledgeable in this area. He even found a mistake in a dinosaur’s name in DK Children’s Illustrated Dictionary and the next edition of the book will be updated. Well done, Se Dang for being such an inquirer. Happy birthday!

To enroll your child in the IST Library Birthday Book Club, please register online via the widget on the right sidebar.