Summer Reading – Summer Listening

Don’t let your English get rusty over the summer holiday!

While you are running, hiking, or just gazing at the stars, listen to some Young Adult literature.

Free Audiobooks from Sync

Free audiobooks!

Free audiobooks!


SYNC is a program that gives away two complete audiobook downloads–a current Young Adult title paired thematically with a Classic title–each week to listeners ages 13+. Click here for the titles and schedule.

Titles are delivered through the OverDrive Media Console.  This software can be downloaded onto desktops, laptops, or even as an app on your phone.

Not all titles are available overseas, but the majority are.


SYNC audiobook titles are given away in thematic pairs. Young Adult focused titles are partnered with classics, required reading titles and other thematically appropriate Young Adult tiles to encourage literacy and listening in young people.


SYNC is sponsored by AudioFile Magazine and titles are delivered through OverDrive Media Console.


Simply install OverDrive, Sign up for alerts, and remember each week to download the two titles.
• Downloads are in MP3 format, hosted by OverDrive, and are Mac and Windows compatible.

• Downloads will operate through OverDrive’s Media Console.

• Most listening devices are supported.

• Each SYNC audiobook will be available for download for a period of 7 days (only)

• Titles, once downloaded, are yours to keep.




End-of-Year Library Dates

End-of-year Library Calendar 2014
 The end of the 2013-2014 year is fast approaching. Please note the following library dates:

30 May – Last day of checkout

6 June – All materials must be returned to the library

9 June – Summer checkout begins

Summer checkout is for returning students who have cleared their library accounts. Students (and parents) can each check out up to 10 books, to be returned on the first day of the 2014-2015 school year.

Elementary students need a signed permission slip from their parents. It can be downloaded here or collected from the library circulation desk.

Summer checkout permission form

First Day Back – All Good!

Welcome, everyone, to the 2013-2014 school year.

It was wonderful to catch up with so many of you today. All our returning students look so grown up! We’re looking forward to helping them gain the information literacy skills they will need to succeed at school and beyond this year.

To our new families: welcome! We are always eager to meet new students and parents, and to share all of the great resources we have in the library. Parents, be sure to stop by to create your library account so that you too can check out. Once you’re here, please subscribe to the library blog so that you always have the latest news and information.

We were delighted to see so many students returning their library books today. There were 1,716 books checked out for summer reading the last week of June. Of those, about 700 were returned today. That’s super! The students who returned their summer checkouts are now reading to start this year’s reading adventures.

If you have not yet returned your summer checkouts, please do so as soon as possible.

We’re looking forward to seeing you in the library soon!

Sweet Summer Dreams, IST Library!

School is out for the 2012-2013 school year, and we wish you a restful summer vacation.

Library wrapped up for the summer

I wonder about the secret life of books during the summer when it’s hot and quiet in the library? They must dream of people reading them come August.

To those of you who are headed to new adventures, we wish you the very best. Visit us in person or virtually through the sites. You are welcome to keep using our library resources via the OPAC Visual tab. Make sure you’re extra nice to the librarians at your new school. They are great because that’s just the way librarians are.

To those of you who are returning in August, see you soon! Try visiting the public libraries in your areas. Bring back photos and tell me all about them. I love visiting libraries and talking to librarians around the world.

Have a great vacation, everyone. We hope you spend it reading!

P.S. I’ll be posting occasionally on this blog during the summer, so keep coming back. Better yet, subscribe. There’s a very simple subscription widget on the right sidebar and once you subscribe, you won’t miss any library goodness.

Thanks, IST, for the Flood of Book Returns

It’s been very busy today as IST as we have been shelving all the books returned in preparation for the annual closing. Last week I checked the number of books overdue and saw that it was about 1550 books. Today, after a flurry of late afternoon returns from secondary students, we are down to less than 500 and we still have four days to go before the summer vacation.

The elementary students have the best record. Only a few still have books out and I expect those books to come back tomorrow morning, so secondary students will have to catch up!

Our library OPAC can generate statistics about the library circulation patterns. This is part of a quick report that I have been monitoring throughout the day.

This report lists all the overdue materials and you can see the first of the list below the total number of overdues. Our goal is to reduce that number to zero by the end of the week.

Students and parents, remember that any student that has not cleared his or her library account will not receive a report card on Friday. Instead, that student will need to return or pay for lost books, and then, with a receipt of payment from the library in hand, go to the office to retrieve the document.

Checkouts for summer reading started today. We can checkout a temporary library bag for you, or you can bring your own bag to help you carry books. The librarians are eager to help you make your selections, so be sure to ask for help if you need it.

Online Reading: Library OPAC

The library OPAC brings you more online reading options for the summer and year round.

Once again, the Visual tab offers you a wide variety of resources.Visit the library OPAC by clicking on the OPAC icon on the top left corner of this page, or visit

Follow the steps below to view the online reading options on our library OPAC, or click here for a video tutorial.

Click on the Visual tab.

The ‘Children’s Online Reading’ button will take you to a collection of online reading sites. Some of them may require creating a free account. If you are in China, the sites might load slowly or not at all, but you should not have any trouble outside of China.

The ‘Current Events-Many Languages’ button will take you to a collection of online newspapers, most for school age children, in many different languages. Is your home language missing? Help us find an online newspaper for children in your language so that we can include it.

Online reading options on the library OPAC

Want animated storybooks and audiobooks? Log in to the library OPAC to access TumbleBooks.

Online Reading: Tumble Books

To help keep our students reading over the summer, IST has several online reading options. Our students in grade 1 to grade 5 have been learning about them in our library sessions this week and will continue with more options next week.

One of our options is TumbleBooks, an online database with animated storybooks, chapter books, graphic novels, and non-fiction books to read online. You will need an Internet connection and an updated Flash plugin, which can be downloaded from the Macromedia website.

There are three different levels of TumbleBooks.


To access the three different levels of TumbleBooks, first go to the library OPAC.

  1. Log in to the OPAC. You can use your personal account credentials or the library’s Quick Login, which is found on your homework logs and the library brochure. Elementary children have been taught to find the Quick Login.
  2. From the OPAC Home page, scroll down the list of subscribed databases to the three TumbleBook links. Note the username and password for the level you want to access.
  3. Enter the correct username and password.
  4. Click on a category to see a list of books.
  5. Click on the “Read Online” button for the book you want to read.
  6. Sit back, relax and wait for the book to load.

Click here to download a pdf tutorial with screenshots to guide you.

End-of-Year Dates

The end of the school year is near, and we are starting to prepare the library for the yearly closing. One of our biggest jobs is receiving back all the library materials that have been checked out.

Please note these dates:

  • Friday, 24 May – Last day of checkout
  • Friday, 31 May – All library materials due
  • Monday, 3 June – Summer checkout starts
  • Friday, 7 June – Last day of school and check out

The IST library is closed during the summer vacation.

We welcome our IST patrons to checkout books for summer reading. To do so, you must:

  • be returning for the 2013-2014 school year
  • have a cleared library account by 31 May
  • have a signed permission form if you are an elementary school student

You can check out up to 10 books. We ask that each patron come in person to check out. Please do not ask to checkout books for your sister, mother, or friend. We will only checkout to the person requesting the books.

The permission slip for elementary students can be picked up at the library or printed out from the link below. Please complete one separate permission slip per student.

Summer checkout permission form 2013

Ready for the 2012 School Year?

We hope you’re enjoying your summer holidays and that you are starting to think of the new school year. Most importantly, we hope that you have been doing a lot of reading this summer. Remember that if you fill out 10 books on the Reading Dragons bookmarks, you can cash those in for 50RMB in our next Scholastic Books order.

Any type of book counts: print, online or audio. Make sure to take the time to fill out the log and bring it the first week of school.Reading Dragons bookmark cover

Just in case you forgot what the bookmarks look like, here’s a snapshot of them front and back.

Reading Dragons bookmark logSee you soon, readers!


Summer Reading

We’re on vacation. We hope you’ll take the time to catch up on your reading!

Be sure to visit the library OPAC‘s Visual tab for recommended reading lists and online children book sites.

Explore the visual tab of the library OPAC. It's full of interesting links and lists.

Click on the image to enlarge.

If you have checked out books for the summer holiday, remember that they are due back on August 15, the first day of school.

Happy reading!