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IST Hosts Annual International Schools Library Week

November, 2014
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ist-library-weekThe International School of Tianjin (IST) celebrated its annual International Schools Library Week from 17 to 24 October. The aim of the Library Week is to celebrate a love of reading with the IST school community. The Library Week opened on Friday 17 October with one of IST’s favorite days of the year: Character Dress Up Day.  Students from Nursery to Grade 5, teachers and many parents came to school dressed as their favorite book characters. 

The Elementary School was treated to an assembly by the Grade 1 and 2 Library Club, assisted by members of the Middle School Book Club. Elementary students performed their own adaptation of the book Oh No! by author Candace Fleming and illustrator Eric Rohmann.

The assembly also officially launched the 2014 Panda Book Awards shortlists.

The Panda Book Awards are a reading initiative shared by international schools in China. Every year, a committee of librarians from several international schools in the Tianjin-Beijing area selects four lists of books corresponding to various age-group categories. All week long, students at IST participated in daily quizzes about the Panda Book shortlists, which was aimed at encouraging students to read the Panda Books and to strengthen their enjoyment of reading.

Tuesday and Wednesday saw Beijing’s BPIEC bookstore at IST. They set up a Book Fair with hundreds of English language books. Students, parents, teachers and staff enjoyed browsing and purchasing the titles on offer.

Throughout the week, all of the IST community was invited to ‘Drop Everything and Read’ at various times each day.  


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