Used Book Fair now at the Community Fair

Thanks, IST, for your support on Friday for the library’s annual used book sale. We raised over 4000RMB for library programs!

As we still have lots of good quality books in different languages, we will be setting up a stall at the Community Fair. Be sure to bring a bag or two to load up for summer reading.

Also at the Community Fair will be a stall organized by Ms. Wang to help the IST cleaning ayee who is battling terminal cancer and a stall supported by Ms. Fang to raise funds for Auntie R’s Animal Shelter, a charity with whom several of the IST teachers, teaching assistants and students are involved.

Library volunteers who would be willing to give up a little time on the day to help with used book sales are very welcome. Please email us or let us know in the comments.

IST Community Fair 2014, on 11 June

Elementary Student Council Sleepover

The Elementary Student Council is hosting a sleepover for grades 3 to 5 this Friday, 30 May. This is an annual event that students look forward to all year. Information about the sleepover was sent from the homerooms, and here are a few reminders from the Elementary Student Council.

Reminders for ESC Sleepover May 2014


Sleepovers are super fun. We have lots of fiction and information titles in the library about sleepovers, especially in the younger reader sections of the library. Here are a few you might want to check out. 

All book covers and summaries from the library OPAC.

Cover for Aces Wild Aces Wild, by Erica Perl.

Eleven-year-old Zelly Fried’s parents will not allow her to have a slumber party until she teaches her mischievous puppy, Ace, to behave, but with Grandpa Ace around, nothing is ever simple.

Published 2013. Reading level: 4.2.

Cover for Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover, by Cece Bell


This book was a Birthday Book Club donation by Jin A last year. Thanks again, Jin A!

Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover, by Cece Bell.

Rabbit is excited about the sleepover he has carefully planned for his friend Robot, but Robot has some different ideas about how things should go.

Published 2012. Reading level: 1.6

Cover for The Berenstain Bears Sleepover


The Berenstain Bears’ Sleepover, by Jan and Stan Berenstain

Brother and Sister Bear have a sleepover with Lizzy and Barry, but their late night antics keep Mama and Papa from getting any sleep.

Published 2009. Reading level: 2.3

Cover for Henry and Mudge and the Sleepover


Henry and Mudge and the Big Sleepover, by Cynthia Rylant

Henry and his dog Mudge are invited to a sleepover in Patrick’s attic, where they watch monster movies, eat pizza, and enjoy a contest to determine whose dog is the best popcorn catcher.

Published 2006. Reading level: 2.2.

Cover for Sleepover Joke Book, by Sandy Ransford

818 RAN

The Sleepover Joke Book, by Sandy Ransford

A collection of jokes on various things to do with sleepovers. Divided into sections, it features various sleepover visits, the food, the videos, the games, the music, the gossip, the telling of creepy late night stories, the joke telling and giggling, and the sleeping.

Published 2003. Reading level: 4.5

Need any help locating these books? Come to the library. We’re always happy to recommend a few good reads.


IST Community Fair IST Community Fair is the last major school event of the year. It was begun only a couple of years ago, and used to be called “the Farmers’ Market.” It has become another wonderful community event for IST, and we’re looking forward to it on 11 June, from 10:45 to 1:30. Buses will be provided from Ao Cheng and Lake Park Ave.

At the IST Community Fair, we will have many stalls providing activities and selling food and general items. The middle school Community and Service Groups will be showcasing their activities for the year, and several groups will be fund-raising. It promises to be another great event this year.

Two stalls that are dear to the library staff are the the ones that will be run by the Chinese Staff Association and Auntie R’s Animal Shelter.

The Chinese Staff Association will be having a secondhand sale. They are collecting household goods in good condition. All proceeds for the sale will go to benefit one of our school cleaning ayees, Wei Lai Qin, who is suffering from terminal cervical cancer. Ms. Wang is organizing the stall and she welcomes everyone’s donations, either in pieces for the sale or cash.

Auntie R’s Animal Shelter is an organization that Ms. Fang supports. The animal shelter also has a relationship with one of our community service groups. They will be giving information about animal rescue efforts in Tianjin and will be selling small items to raise funds for the shelter.

The IST Community Fair is a highlight of the end of the school year. We hope to see everyone there!

Elementary Spring Show

The elementary school will be presenting the Elementary Spring Show next week, on 28 May, at 6:30 p.m. in the IST theater.

Buses will be provided.

TO CONCERT from Ao Cheng, departure time is 5:15 pm.

TO CONCERT from Lake Park, departure time is 5:30 pm.

AFTER CONCERT: Ao Cheng and Lake Park departing at 8:10 pm.

Please note buses will be departing on time, so please don’t be late!

Spring Show Poster