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IST Hosts International Schools Library Week

November, 2012
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ist-book-fairInternational Schools Library Week (ISLW) at the International School of Tianjin (IST) is a celebration of the diversity of IST’s international community and of its wonderful library collection. A total of 33 different countries and regions are represented at IST and the school library collection has titles in 10 languages. 

The school librarians started ISLW about 5 years ago when there was only a book fair and an assembly. Since then, the occasion has expanded to a whole week and now features an elementary school-wide assembly led by the Grade 1 and 2 After School Library Club, Character Dress Up Day, daily quizzes on the Panda Book Awards, a Drop Everything and Read Day, a book fair and for the first time this year, a visit from three young poets.

Character Dress Up Day always coincides with the opening assembly by the Grade 1 and 2 After School Library Club. On this day, students and teachers celebrate reading by dressing up as a character from a book. This year saw all sorts of costumes including many Pippi Longstockings, several Waldos, superheroes, princesses, an evil substitute teacher named Miss Viola Swamp, and a naughty boy called David from the No, David! Series by David Shannon. 

The Panda Book Awards is an annual reading initiative started five years ago by 6 international schools in Beijing and also the International School of Tianjin. There are four categories: Younger Readers for students in nursery to grade 2, Middle Readers for students in grades 3 to 5, Older Readers for students in grades 6 to 10, and Mature Readers for students in grades 11-12 and adults. These are broad categories and readers can choose to read in more than one. Each category includes 12 books. In 2011-2012, over 30 international schools participated in the initiative.

During the ISLW this year, three young poets visited IST. These poets made up the Poetry Project, and had come to China as part of the Beijing Bookworm’s International Literary Festival. The poets performed an assembly open to grades 5 to 11 and parents of the IST community. After the assembly, the poets hosted workshops for grade 6 to 10 students.

The Beijing Publications Import and Export Corporation set up a book fair for two days during ISLW. This helped the school community find reasonably priced English language books and promote reading.

On Friday, the whole community was invited to Drop Everything and Read after the morning break. Students, teachers, parents and staff were encouraged to take 15 minutes out of the day and spend it reading. This brought International Schools Library Week to a fitting end. 

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