Book Character Dress Up Day

We wrapped up our celebration of International Schools Library Week on Friday with an elementary library assembly and Book Character Dress Up Day. Students came in a wide variety of fun and creative book character costumes. There were superheroes, dragons, BabyMouse, Captain Underpants, and many more. The students paraded onstage in their costumes during the assembly, and many classes came to the library to take “green screen” photos of their costumes. Please enjoy some photos from the day!

Character dress-up day is coming on Friday, October 20th

It’s time to start thinking about costumes again! This year, in celebration of International Schools Library Week, our Elementary students and teachers will come to school dressed as our favourite characters on Friday, October 20th. There will be plenty of activity in and around the library during that week and we’ll tell you a bit more about those things after our National Day holiday week. In the meantime, we wanted to give everyone a reminder to plan their costumes.

Back in April, Ms. Simon wrote this blog post with many excellent ideas for costume ideas. Be sure to revisit that post for a refresher. For more inspiration, look at this list of “100 Book Character Costumes.”

We won’t be surprised if we see a few Baby Mouse costumes after the success of our recent author visit from Matt Holm!


Library Lovers’ Month


February is Library Lovers’ Month in the United States. It is a month-long celebration of school, public, and private libraries of all types. This is a time for everyone to recognize the value of libraries!

If you are thinking of sending a Valentine to your loved ones, or even your librarian, click on this this link to a great collection of Books and Reading Ecards. We look forward to hearing from you!


Image courtesy of Friends and Foundations of California Libraries.

See You in January!

Grade 1 girls pose in their Red and Green Day finery

What a buzz of excitement this last week with the holidays just around the corner. We wish you a very happy and restful break, and as always, that you spend it reading! Remember, books make great gifts.

Library books checked out for holiday reading are due on the first day back from school, not on your first scheduled library checkout day. Please return our books promptly so that others can enjoy them too.

We’re always happy to hear what you’re reading, so be sure to keep track. You might want to join a social network for readers like Goodreads or Shelfari. You can find me on Goodreads with the name fitziane.

Again, happy holidays and see you in January.

It’s Thanksgivukkah!

Thanksgiving is an American celebration that is held on the fourth Thursday of November. It commemorates the first harvest feast of the Pilgrims, which they shared with the Native Americans who befriended them on their arrival on American soil. Hannukah is a Jewish celebration. It commemorates the victory of a small band of Jewish farmers against a much larger Greek-Syrian army and the miracle of the temple oil, when a small quantity of oil burned for 8 nights. Both celebrations are about family and freedom and gratitude. This is the first time since 1888 that both holidays coincide and it won’t happen again for another 70,000 years. People are calling it Thanksgivukkah.

Check out books about Hannukah and Thanksgiving from the IST Library. Here are a few you might like:

Cover for Celebrate Hannukah, by Deborah Heilingman

Call # 296.4 HEI

Describes the history of Hanukkah and how it is celebrated by the Jewish people.Reading level: 4.7

Cover for The Miracle of the Potato Latkes, by Malka Penn

Call # E PEN

Tante Golda makes the best potato latkes in all of Russia to share with her friends at Hanukkah, and even when a poor harvest leaves her with no potatoes, she is certain that “God will provide.” A recipe for “Tante Golda’s famous potato latkes” is included.

Reading level: 4.2

Cover for DK Celebrations, by Barnabas and Annette Kindersley

Call # 493.3 KIN

A calendar of celebrations which describes holidays and festivals of all major religions and cultures from around the world. Includes original photography by Barnabas and Annette Kindersley.This book shows not only Thanksgiving and Hannukah, but also Divali, Ramadan, and Chinese New Year among many other holidays.

Reading level: 5.7

Cover for Grace's Thanksgiving, by Lisa Bullard

Call # 396.2649

 Grace thinks about Thanksgiving as she prepares for the holiday with her family. Includes facts about Thanksgiving. This is a good first reader for the holiday and is part of the series Cloverleaf Books Fall and Winter Holidays.

Reading level: 2.8

Cover for Giving Thanks, by Jake Swamp

Call # 299 SWA

The Thanksgiving Address prayer, traditionally recited by Mohawk children every morning to Mother Earth.Reading level: 4.1

International Schools Library Week Is Almost Here!

International Schools Library Week starts tomorrow with our Grade 1-2 Library Club assembly and Character Dress Up Day.

The assembly is in the grade 2-5 playroom at 8:25. The library club girls are very excited to present their assembly!

We will have a photo booth set up in the grade 2-5 playroom from 8:10. The idea is to have good photos of the many clever and simple costumes our students will dress up in to celebrate their favorite books and characters. This is the first time we will have the photo booth, so we appreciate your patience with the inevitable first-time problems. Photos will be used for the yearbook and school promotion.

The fun continues next week with daily quizzes in the library, a book fair on Tuesday and Wednesday, and Drop Everything And Read time on Friday, at 10:05 for 15 minutes.

The book fair will be held in the library on Tuesday and Wednesday. Those are the parent-teacher conference days, so the fair will be set up until 6 on Tuesday and 5:30 on Wednesday for parents to visit in between conferences.

Thanks to all for your support. We’re looking forward to celebrating our library and our international community with you all.

Li Dong: A Day for Dumplings

Winter is starting. The Chinese lunar calendar marks the start of winter on Lìdōng. Here’s how the Chinese language learning site,, describes Lìdōng:

“立冬 (Lì dōng) Start Of Winter

The 7th day of November marks the Beginning of Winter, or 立冬 (Lì dōng), which is the first solar term in winter among the 24 Solar Terms. It is common in northern China to eat dumplings, 饺子(jiǎo zi), on this day as a way to combat the changing temperatures. As more people return to traditional customs, many restaurants featuring饺子(jiǎo zi) are crowded with customers on this day.”

Celebrate Lì dōng with our library collection. Enter the term “dumplings” into the main search field of the library OPAC and you get these great titles:

Books on dumplings from our library collection


I would particularly like to recommend Grace Lin’s Dumpling Days, as it is a Panda Book for Middle Readers this year.

Dumpling Days by Grace Lin

You might also like to view our Chinese cuisine cookbooks. Enter the term “Chinese cooking” or “Chinese cookery” for a list of our Chinese cookbooks. Our most recent addition was donated by the BPIEC bookstore after our recent Beijing book fair so, “Xié xié!”

Chinese cookbook


“Li Dong: Start Of Winter.” Ninhao: Learn Chinese, Easy and Fun. N.p., 7 Nov. 2012. Web. 7 Nov. 2012. <>.

Divali Invitation from our Indian Community

Divali is an important festival in India. It is called the Festival of Lights as part of it involves the lighting of many small oil lamps.

The Indian community at IST has invited us all to join them in celebrating Divali this year.

Divali invitation flyer

Download the Divali invitation here.

To learn more about Divali, check out our books on the festival. Simply enter the word “Divali” in the search field on the library OPAC.

Books on Divali from our library collection


You could also look up Divali on our subscription databases. For a general overview, we suggest you use Britannica Encyclopedia Online, WorldBook Online, or Oxford Reference Online. To get the log in credentials for these databases, you will need to first log in to the library OPAC with our quick log in or your personal account information. Please see us at the library if you need further help.