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!
A warm welcome back from your IST library team! We have an exciting year of reading and library programs planned. Here are some upcoming events for your calendar:
- Author/Illustrator visit: Matt Holm (Aug 31 & Sep 1). Holm is the illustrator for the popular Squish and BabyMouse books. Parents are welcome to attend his workshops! A final schedule will be coming soon.
- Scholastic Book Orders (order forms will go home this Friday. Please return the forms by August 25th).
- International Schools Library Week (Oct 16-20)
- BPIEC Book Fair (Oct 17-18)
- Book Character Dress Up Day (Oct 20). Start planning your costumes!
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. If you are interested in becoming a library volunteer, please contact the IST librarians at Eleanor_Surridge@istianjin.net or Linnea_Simon@istianjin.net.
Birthday Book Club
We love to help students celebrate their birthdays! With the birthday book club, you help support the library’s book collection and give your child a special birthday memory. How does it work? The librarians select a new book for the library, based on your child’s interests. A nameplate will be put into the new book, and your child will be the first to check the new book out. The cost is 150 RMB. Please contact the librarians if you would like to celebrate your child’s next birthday with us!
We had so much fun in the library adding backgrounds to match our students’ book character costumes. Please enjoy a few more photos from yesterday!
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.
It’s the end of the school year and our thoughts turn to the summer vacation. One of my favorite aspects of a vacation is the unlimited time for reading, but if you’re staying in Tianjin, where do you find inexpensive English language books? That’s easy! At the IST Library’s Annual Used Book Sale!
If you’re leaving Tianjin for good, what to do with your old books? That’s easy too! Donate them to the library’s used book sale and see them off to a good home. We welcome donations of books in salable condition, in any language and for any reading level.
The IST Library’s Annual Used Book Sale will be held on Friday, 30 May, from 7:45 am, in the library. Come and browse through hundreds of gently loved books. Donations will be accepted until Thursday, 29 May. Profits from the used book sale will be used for library expenses.
The “Let’s Play” Community and Service Group, led by Ms. McKendrick, will have a second hand toys and children’s clothes stall at the IST Community Fair to be held on 11 May. Send donations to Ms. McKendrick’s classroom, room 202 in the Han building. Funds raised will be used to purchase toy equipment for the nursery and prekindergarten classes.
This is an event introduced in the past as a fun way to help students develop their oral language and presenting skills. This week, students will be learning to read or recite a poem in their classrooms. Those who wish to compete in the school wide competition are encouraged to also learn and practice their poem at home and will be judged in a more formal setting at each grade level. A permission form will be sent home today asking parents to give permission for their child to enter the competition stage.
The finals will held in the theater on Monday, 28 April.
IST will be hosting US author and TV personality, Ying Chang Compestine, next Monday, 21 April. Her visit is generously sponsored by the IST Parent-Faculty Organization. Thanks, PFO!
Ms. Compestine is the author is 19 books. She is coming to Tianjin to promote her latest book, Secrets of the Terra-Cotta Warrior, which she co-wrote with her son, Vinson. He also features in Ms. Compestine’s Crouching Tiger, which is a Panda Book for Older Readers selection this year.
In addition to her writing, Ms. Compestine is also a noted expert on Asian cuisine. She has hosted her own television cooking show and often features in important US culinary magazines.
The IST library owns many of Ms. Compestine’s books, and Mrs. Fitzgerald will be using those books this week to help students prepare for the visit. Be sure to attend this Friday’s elementary assembly to hear her perform one of Ms. Compestine’s books.
We will be selling a selection of the most recently published books in the library from Wednesday. These are all high quality hardbacks and so the price is relatively high. Books start at 125rmb but are most definitely worth the price. Ms. Compestine will sign books after her presentations.
Hope to see many of you at IST on Monday!
IST will be hosting a Philippines Relief Concert on Wednesday, 15 January, at 1:30 in the theater. Combine this with a visit to the PFO’s Chinese Treasures Fair which will be held all day in the Teacher Center in the Han building.
The Elementary Student Council (ESC) is inviting the whole school to dress in red and green this Thursday to celebrate the holiday season and to support relief efforts in the Phillipines, which was recently hit by a devastating typhoon. The library is collecting loose change for the ESC and we will be handing that over on Thursday.
To keep up with current events in the Philippines and around the world, use the library OPAC’s Visual tab. Look for “current events-many languages” tab for links to youth news sites in most of the languages of our school.
We had quite a few readers come to read and earn House Points. Because the library is so large I wasn’t able to get a photo showing everyone, but here are a few shots from the day.
No need to wait for the next House Readathon to come to the library and read. We always welcome readers!