Have you set yourself resolutions for 2012? Let the library support you in keeping those. Scroll down to find the resolution/s that most closely resemble yours.
Lose weight and eat more healthfully/help my family eat more healthfully.
The IST library has a varied collection of healthy cookbooks for beginning to advanced cooks. Browse our 641.5 section for recipes to start a “Kids Turn to Cook” night at home or try out with friends. Don’t forget to bring us a sample!
The 613 and 790 sections of the library have lots of titles on fitness and the different sports. Find a buddy to help you stay committed and come together to the library to find exercise resources. Remember, the important thing is to keep it fun.
Get out and do more in Tianjin.
We have several useful links for you on the library OPAC. (Links to the OPAC from home and school are found on the top left sidebar of this page.)
Click on the Visual tab,
and then on Local Events for links to online magazines for Beijing and Tianjin expats.
Stay in touch with current events/Help my child(ren) stay in touch with current events.
We have collected online newspapers for children on the library OPAC. From the Visual tab (shown above), click on Current Events-Many Languages. You will find links to online newspapers in seven different languages: English, Chinese, Korean, French, German, Danish, and Portuguese. Need more advanced news reports? Ask the librarians to show you how to access the Newsbank online database.
Learn/practice a foreign language.
Log in to the library OPAC to access the PowerSpeak Language database. We offer this language learning feature thanks to the IST World Languages department who fund it for the school community. You will need your library account login information to access PowerSpeak. Parents are welcome to request a library account at the circulation desk.
Read more fiction/non-fiction.
With over 30,000 titles in six different languages, we can certainly help you get a great deal of reading material. Here are some ideas:
- Come to the library often. All students and teachers have library cards held for them at the library. Parents can request a library account at the circulation desk.
- Challenge yourself to read all of the Newbery Award winners (or the Man Booker Prize or all of the Panda Books for the year or any other literary prize. We make a big effort to include award winners from different parts of the world in our library collection.)
- Set a number goal, e.g., 50 books this year.
- Find a buddy to discuss your book choices with.
- Join our book club. We’re starting in January with Girl in Translation, by Jean Kwok. See the left sidebar for online registration information or talk to a librarian.
- Start a book review blog, on your own or with a friend.
- Purchase books at our book fairs or through the Scholastic Book Club offerings. Do you need to purchase a specific title? Ask us and we may be able to help you find it.
- Pick up an IST bookmark at the library. It has useful links for you to get the most out of the library online resources.
- Ask us for reading recommendations. We love to talk about books!
Make the library part of my daily or weekly routine.
We’re here to help you. Visit us at anytime for book recommendations, help with research, information literacy tutoring or just to chat about our good fortune in having access to such a wonderful library.
Last tip for a great 2012: Come to the library to get a library account if you don’t have one and subscribe to this blog so you do not miss on any IST library news. (Scroll down the right sidebar for the subscription button.)