Library Updates

Scholastic book orders have arrived! The IST library staff were very excited to receive a large shipment of Scholastic books this morning. Library staff worked hard today to organize the orders, and most students who placed orders received their books this afternoon.

New furniture for the library! The library is getting a facelift with the addition of new, comfy furniture perfect for relaxing with a favorite book. Stop by the library to see our cozy, comfy new spaces!

Parent Library Skills Workshop Offered

The Library will be offering a Parent Library Skills Workshop this Thursday, 25 September, 8:00-8:45 a.m. Please come if you would like 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. If you are interested, please register below and let us know if you would like a return bus to Ao Cheng or Lake Park. (You may take the student bus in the morning).  Please check off more than one box if the form will not work.

We look forward to seeing you then!

Our workshops are meant to be short, focused sessions to help you use our library tools and be able to help your child/ren with their homework or their independent inquiries.

Caught Them Reading

I set myself a goal today of taking photos of students reading. You might have noticed that I have a feature on the right sidebar, with photos I post on Instagram. It’s been a very busy week so I hadn’t posted any reading pictures in a while, and I decided today I’d dedicate it to catching students reading.

Boy, did I ever catch them! The only classes I missed were classes that were in PE or in rehearsals for the spring show when I walked by, so I’m very happy to report that IST students read, read, and read all day long.

If you want to see more photos of our students reading, be sure to follow me on Instagram. My Instagram username is fitziane, and I post reading photos of students at IST with the hashtag #istianjinmobile.

IST Library Parent Book Selection for March

The IST Library Parent Book Club met last Friday to discuss the book Me Before You, by Jojo Moyles. This novel is the story of an unlikely couple: Lou, adrift without ambition, and Will, a young man recently quadriplegic. Our discussion of the book touched upon a range of topics, from the experience of quadriplegics to international perceptions of assisted suicide and the appeal of the emotional tear-jerker as a genre. We all agreed that the book was sad, but no less enjoyable because of it.

Cover for Gone Girl, by Gillian FlynnThe book selection for March is Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn. Gone Girl is a psychological thriller about a young wife who disappears. Her husband is framed for her murder when her diary is found. Full of twists and thrills, Gone Girl is one of those books you can’t put down. It will be made into a movie with Ben Affleck and Rosemund Pike as the husband and wife.

The IST Library Parent book club is open to all Tianjin expats who love to read. Please register online for each meeting via the blog’s book club registration widget on the left sidebar.

New Year Resolutions Part 5

With this installment of New Year resolution ideas, we finalize this series of posts with a reading promotion organized by the Elementary Student Council (ESC.)

In order to raise funds for an orphanage in Tianjin and to encourage reading among our students, the ESC is inviting all of our elementary students to a read-a-thon. Participating students will need to obtain adult “sponsors” who will pledge (promise) to a given amount per page read. The amount pledged per page will depend on the sponsor. A common pledge is one mao or one yuan per page.

Elementary Student Council Read-a-Thon February 2014

Armed with sponsors, students will then read, read, read. The ESC has provided packages for keeping track of pages read and money raised.

The read-a-thon starts today and will end after the Chinese New Year break on 17 February. We hope you will support the ESC and your child’s reading by donating generously. If you would like book recommendations for your child, just stop by the library to ask us.

Reading is Everywhere!

Library certificates were awarded today to several of our elementary school students who recognize that reading does not only happen in classrooms and the library. The photos below are candid. The students were so engrossed in their reading, they didn’t even realize I was taking their pictures.

While I am sure that many other students read outside of their classrooms and the library, these were so eager to read they didn’t wait to get home.

Do you have photos of students reading? Post them to Instagram with the hashtag #istianjinreads

The Library is a Reading Place!

The IST Library was delighted to host the grade 2 students and their parents for their traditional tales ‘read-together’ session this afternoon.

The grade 2s have been inquiring into the theme, “How we express ourselves” through the lens of traditional tales. We have a healthy collection of folk tales that we were happy to see so well used during their unit. As the central idea for their unit was, “Stories retold and shared can reflect the belief and values of different cultures,” I feel that it was particularly appropriate that this activity included a sharing of traditional tales, affirming our shared value of familial devotion.

Some photos from today:

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

Reading Everywhere!

It’s great to see how so many members of the IST community loves to read. Any time I find someone reading, I try to take a snapshot of them, especially if I find them outside of the library.

Did you know that reading for pleasure has been proven to have a positive effect on student achievement? This article from  the UK outlines the positive connection between pleasure reading and achievement in math, vocabulary and spelling.

I’ve been posting photos of our library users on Instagram, using the tag #istianjinreads. If you have an Instagram account, you can tag your own photos of reading too. Just use the tag, #istianjinreads.

Here’s a few of our outside reading photos. Some are taken with my big camera and some are taken with my iPhone, so there’s a big different in pixel quality, but all celebrate reading.

(Kerly features twice in these photos. I know I can always count on catching her reading around school. Keep reading, Kerly, you’re going to be ahead of your peers in math, literacy and science!)