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Thursday, December 15, 2016

The ICS Libraries will be open on Saturday mornings (17, 24 and 31 December) between 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (noon). Libraries will be closed on 7 January due to the celebration of Ethiopian Christmas.

Please see Mr. Schooler's message regarding the Elementary Library's holiday reading challenge, "Chill Out & Read 4!"

 

 

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Middle/High School Library is proud to introduce the Newbery Reading Challenge!

 

What is the challenge?

The Newbery Reading Challenge is a new reading promotion program for all middle school students. The challenge is to read six Newbery Medal or Honor winning books between October 2016 and January 2017. The list of all Newbery books in the ICS Libraries for students to choose from, including summaries, Lexile ranges, and genres can be found on the Newbery Books resource list in our Destiny library catalog:

LIST: Newbery Award Books, Click HERE

Why Newbery books?

The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the American Library Association for the most distinguished American children's book published the previous year. The Newbery Medal and Honor award books celebrate writing for children, in fact it is the first children’s book award in the world. Newbery medals have been awarded every year since 1922, making Newbery books modern classics that provide a window into the years they are written. Newbery books are written by a diverse, multi-cultural pool of authors in many different genres and formats which allow students to explore new writers, stories and ideas. By reading Newbery books, children all over the world engage in shared reading experiences that connect them to the rich, compelling world of children’s literature.

How does the challenge work?

Students will share the Newbery books that they choose to read in a variety of interactive ways, building an engaged reading culture focused on conversations and book-talks with classmates, teachers and Ms. T-D via reviews and recommendations, class projects, literature circle discussions, and individual conferences.

All students in grade 6 will participate through their in-class readings and projects, as well as reading three Newbery books independently. Ms. Paproski and Ms. Flo will coordinate this whole grade level reading event with Ms. T-D. Students in grades 7 and 8 can choose to participate with support from Ms. Franks, Ms. King and Ms. T-D.

In January the new Newbery award books will be announced. The MS/HS Library will host a Newbery party where students will receive customized Newbery Reading Challenge award certificates including an official Newbery medal sticker for each book they read, and they will also have their names in a drawing to win brand new hardcover copies of the new Newbery books.

Who can I contact for more information?

Ask your children about our reading challenge! For more information, please contact Kim Tyo-Dickerson, Middle/High School Librarian.

 

News of the Week

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

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The ICS libraries will be open during the October break on both Saturdays, 15 October and 22 October, from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (noon).

Hundreds of new books have been recently added to the collections so please stop by to browse and borrow! You will find a fantastic selection of fiction, nonfiction, picture books and more. There is sure to be something for everyone!

Happy reading!

Library staff

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Summer Hours: The ICS Libraries will be open on Saturday mornings, 9:00am-12:00noon, during the holiday. If you are in town, please drop by to check out some reading materials!

Summer Reading: With the 2016 Summer Olympics taking place in August, all elementary students are invited to “Go for the Gold—Read!” this summer holiday. They are encouraged to set a personal reading goal and keep a reading log. The reading logs can be returned to the Elementary Library when school resumes in August. We will award prizes and have a reading celebration early in September.

Please see our Newbery and Caldecott reading lists to choose some gold award-winning titles.

You may also want to borrow books or visit a public library if you find yourself near one. You can receive a visitor’s library card and also take part in lots of interesting and fun programs for kids.

Have a terrific holiday everyone!

Happy reading!

Staff of the ICS Libraries

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

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With the end of our school year quickly approaching the staff of our ICS Libraries would like to remind everyone of the following important dates:

  • all library materials to be returned 
  • summer borrowing will resume the last week of school

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

With the end of our school year quickly approaching the staff of our ICS Libraries would like to remind everyone of the following important dates:

  • last day to borrow library materials - , 25
  • all library materials to be returned -  , 3
  • summer borrowing will resume the last week of school

News for the Week

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

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The ICS libraries will be closed this Saturday, 14 May, due to an ICS staff retreat. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Nile Book Awards!

For the first time ever, our elementary school library participated in a children’s choice book award. Since late January, volunteer student readers in grades 2 through 5 have been madly reading and reviewing four nominated titles in two book categories; the Blue Nile category for grades 2/3 and the White Nile category for grades 4/5. Librarians from participating schools (ICS, Khartoum American School, Khartoum International Community School, International School of Uganda and The International School of Tanganika) preselected the books.

White Nile titles:        

Beasts of Olympus: Beastkeeper by Lucy Coates

Operation Bunny: Wings and Co. by Sally Gardner

Princess in Black by Shannon Hale

The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes

Blue Nile titles:          

Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff

The Big Wish by Brandon Robshaw

El Deafo by Cece Bell

Witchworld by Emma Fischel

This past Friday, our readers came together to enjoy some Embwa ice cream and vote individually for their top book choice. The secret votes have been tallied and winning titles will be announced at this week’s elementary school assemblies. ICS will share also their results with other participating Nile Book Award schools in Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania.

All of the Nile Book Award books are now available for everyone to read in the elementary library. Come check one out today!

Stay tuned for the 2016/2017 Nile Book Awards! And a huge thank you to our readers for their enthusiasm and for spreading the news about great books!