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.

For Sale: Used Books and Used Toys

Have books?

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.

Poster for IST Library Annual Used Book Sale 2014

Have toys?

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.

It’s Speaking Time at IST

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.

It's Speaking Time at IST 2014

Author Visit: Ying Chang Compestine

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!

Poster for Ying Chang Compestine visit to IST 2014 - Created by Josianne Fitzgerald


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!

Red and Green Relief for Phillippines

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.

ESC Red and Green Day Poster


Don’t Miss The Wiz!

The secondary school has been hard at work preparing the musical, The Wiz, based on L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz. Tickets are on sale now. If you haven’t purchased your ticket already, do not hesitate. Tickets are selling super fast. It promises to be a great production.

While you’re waiting to see The Wiz, why don’t you check out some of our Wizard of Oz titles from the library?

We also have the book in Korean and in Portuguese. We also have a book called Hollywood Dogs, that talks about dogs who in movies.

Come by the library to check these out!

Almost Forgot! House Readathon 19 November!

With the long weekend, I completely forgot to upload this poster for the House Readathon tomorrow during lunch at the library. Elementary students can come to the library to read and earn house points. We hope to see a full library tomorrow, especially with Fire House students! Go, Fire House! (Can you guess what IST House I’m in?)

Even if you’re in other Houses, please join us in the library. Students win house points and benefit from reading. It’s a win-win situation!

ReadAThon 19 November, elementary lunch recess in the library