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Gratitude

First of all a big thank you to our librarian Sophie and our guest teacher Danny! Due to cold symptoms, plus two symptom free days, I was home most of this last week. Sophie and Danny did a wonderful job. I was sad that I wasn’t able to start the new term with the students, but I felt gratitude knowing that Sophie and Danny were there to make the students feel welcome in the library!

Thank you to all the parents who have encouraged and supported their children in successfully completing the ISGR Winter Reading Challenge 20 – 21! Thank you for your submissions, whether digitally or on paper. Everyone should have received a confirmation email by now. We have received 48 completed challenges so far! From Foundation all the way through 5th Grade. If your child hasn’t submitted yet, the deadline is Tuesday, the 19th.

I have enjoyed reading, looking at and listening to the completed challenges. The creativity, effort and thought put into the work I’ve seen has been tremendous. It has lifted my spirits!

With permission, we will share some of the work (it’s too much to put everything on!) on our library blog. We will try to do that by the end of this month. All students who have completed their Winter Reading Challenge will receive their bookmark and cloth book bag by the end of this month as well.

In the next few weeks during our library lessons, we focus on reading aloud. In each grade, we will share different books and stories. Before and after our reading, we will connect it to the IB Learner Profile Attitudes. Our first read aloud library lesson, we will use the Learner Profile Attributes to answer the question: How can we make the most of our read aloud time?

In Foundation and 1st Grade we will read a story from the Storytime Magazine. In PYP 2, we will start the short and exciting chapter book Mission Fox by Justin D’Ath. In PYP 3, we will choose one story from the IB Ten Tales from Different Cultures series per lesson. In PYP 4, we will read one myth per lesson from the “Usborne Illustrated Myths from Around the World”. In PYP 5, we will read one short autobiography per lesson from “Stories for Kids Who Dare to be Different”.

We have got some more exciting new books to choose from:

New books!

Talking about exciting, our aquarium has some new inhabitants: baby guppies!

As usual, I would like to end the post with a library related comic.

Happy Reading!

Yours,

Fleur

Challenges

Welcome to a new term! We hope you had a wonderful start of 2021.

With my “to read shelf” barely emptied, our family has acquired some more fantastic books to read in the next few weeks. We hope you had a rest- and readingful winter break too!

Covid-19 is not done with us yet, even though we might be done with it. It is teaching me to let go and be patient. Accepting that the virus is going to be here with us and that we have to adjust our behavior is the first step. This means, for example, accepting that this term we will not have our after-school library club meetings. So no board games, aquarium club, crafts afternoons, etc. Students are welcome to come after school to return books, to check out new ones – but no library club activities. Unfortunately.

Some challenges can be fun though. Like our ISGR Winter Reading Challenge! This is what parents have written about the winter reading challenge:

“Thank you for keeping the kids engaged in these dark winter holidays when there was nothing much to do. We enjoyed the challenge!”

“It is a great challenge which refilled our melancholic winter with a positive boost. Thanks!”

“Thank you for setting up this Winter reading challenge thus giving an opportunity for both the kids and the parents to work on a common objective with a joint effort. It was really fun for all of us.” 

Students can submit their Winter Reading Challenge work until the 19th of January. Please email all photos and recordings to fleur.doornberg-puglisi@staff.isgr.se with your child’s name and class in the subject field. Students can also hand in their work on paper to us, during their library lesson. All students who have successfully completed the challenge will receive a book mark, and a cloth book bag with a unique design by the end of this month!

During our library lesson next week, we will play a fun game to remind ourselves of our library rules. And of course we will share about the latest books we have discovered and read. We are looking forward to seeing everyone again!

Happy Reading!

Faithful Followers

Dear faithful followers of this library blog (and everyone else who happen to stumble upon this post!), I just wanted to take a moment to check in. I hope you had a joyful and relaxing first week of the Winter Break. If you celebrate Christmas, I hope it was beautiful! Maybe it looked something like this?

Follow Ilse on Instagram for more brilliant illustrations.

A friend of mine made this short movie (he is a filmmaker, and recently he taught himself how to use an animation program), and I just have to share it! I loves stories, and I love them better when people with creative minds put a humorous twist on them! Thanks, Wisse!

Rest me to wish you a good last few days of 2020, and an energetic and inspirational start of a healhty and happy 2021!

See you in January!

Happy Reading!

Happy, Healthy Holidays!

This could well be the last blog post of 2020! Unless we have urgent library news or a flash of inspiration that we have to share with you. But assume this is our “Happy, Healthy Holidays!” message.

Last week, the students enjoyed checking out books (“Really? We can check out books? Usually we can’t before the winter break!”), as well as coloring (and laminating!) their book marks. A few enthusiasts even came to the library on Friday (today) after school to color in some extras.

This afternoon, we’ve tidied and prepared the library so we are ready for our amazing students again in January! Take a look at the great new books coming out after the break (and more are coming. When we left school today, a batch of new books from AdLibris had just arrived):

We’ve put them up on our displays, ready for students to pick up, check out and read!

We’ve also freshened up our big notice board. It’s become a big reference point for the IB Learner Profile attitudes, literary genres, how to best pick a book, and our library routine & rules.

Now it is time to get your calendar, and take note of the following library events (if you want):

Remember to participate in the ISGR Winter Reading Challenge 2020! Students can start handing in their work on January 12th, and the latest on the 19th. Students get to pick a special book mark (which they’ve all seen this past week!) when they hand in their work. When we have “approved” it all (we’re looking for completed challenges that are done with care and attention. Take your time for it, no rush!), they will receive the one and only ISGR Winter Reading Challenge 2020 book bag! Made from 100% recycled fibres, printed with environmentally friendly ink.

Now we would like to wish you a restful, joyful and readingful Winter Break! We are looking forward to seeing you all in January, in good health and spirit!

And if you’d like, you can share in the comment section what you will be reading over the break with your child(ren)! Here’s my Winter Break reading fun:

Happy, Healthy Holidays!

Your Library Team,

Sophie & Fleur

Short and Sweet

Last week we introduced the ISGR Winter Reading Challenge 2020! It is totally voluntary, and we were happy to see many excited students starting straight away! We’d like to emphasize to please take your time for it, no need to rush it. The earliest it can be handed in would be on Tuesday, January the 12th, and the latest on the 19th. So dive in, have fun and play with it!

We will look at the submitted work carefully. We want to see students have put time and effort in completing the challenges, and that they’ve done so with care and attention. Some students were quick to hand in their “finished” work, to which we responded that they’ve made a great start, a good draft, but it’s not done yet. There’s a reason why it’s called a reading challenge!

For more detailed information about the ISGR Winter Reading Challenge, navigate to the Special Events page “ISGR Winter Reading Challenge” of this library blog. If you have any further questions, please contact Fleur: fleur.doornberg-puglisi@staff.isgr.se

We are happy to announce that next week, students are welcome to check out books during their library lessons! In the previous years, we had to deal with so much backlog and big re-organization projects that we used the week before the Winter Break to do these things. This year we are all up to date, and would like to encourage students to choose great reading material for their break!

Apart from checking out books, we will also color bookmarks. Students love doing this, and we have saved this special and relaxing activity for the end of the term. We will try to laminate the colored bookmarks before the end of their library lesson, so they can be used many times and will last for a while.

This post is short and sweet!

Happy Reading!

Your Library Team: Sophie & Fleur

The 171st Post

Wow, it was 170 posts ago that we started this library blog. The first post was on August the 27th, 2018. We currently have 105 followers of this blog, which means that 105 people will receive a notification as soon as something is posted. Some followers are ISGR parents, some aren’t (like my dad. He’s the biggest fan of our library.) Maybe you will become the 106th followers? The 107th?

I know, I know. It’s not about the quantity of things, but about the quality. Yes. But the more people in our ISGR community (and beyond, perhaps) read our library blog, the more they will realize how important and fun it is to read – and how they can support, encourage and inspire their children to read as well. Also, you will know exactly what is happening in our school library. How fun is that?!

Now back to library business.

Last week, students shared their ideas and wishes for the next Creative School events. Ideas ranged from clay/sculpting to drawing manga, from belly dancing to paper craft/art. We will collate all these ideas into a formal action plan, which we will then submit to the National Council of the Arts. After they have (hopefully) approved it, we can then start organizing the events we had written the action plan for. The events students have now expressed their wishes for, will take place next school year. It is long process, but it is worth it!

Next week, the focus will be on introducing the ISGR Winter Reading Challenge 2020. All students are invited to join. Students can start the challenge on December 14th. Here is how the ISGR Winter Reading Challange 2020 works:

The goal is to complete challenges that will add up to 80 points.

You can pick and choose challenges. You are allowed to repeat a challenge. 

You can complete the challenges in any language you wish. 

The last day to submit this completed form, and all your work, is the 19th of January, 2021.

With your permission, we would like to post the photos (of your work) or recordings you have created to complete the challenges, on our library blog. Email your photos or recordings to fleur.doornberg-puglisi@staff.isgr.se


All participants who have successfully completed challenges adding up to a total of 80 points, will receive a cloth book bag with a unique design as a memento of the ISGR Winter Reading Challenge 2020.

To download the ISGR Winter Reading Challenge 2020 form, visit this Special Events page of our libary blog. Students may pick up a printed copy during their library lesson, or they can choose a bookmark with a QR code, if they need to have some to think about it.

Our next board game session is next week as well. On Friday, December 11th all students from grade 2 and up are welcome to join us, from 14.30 until 15.00ish. Come one, come all!

A quick aquarium update: we were totally wrong about our guppies! We thought we had three females (one of which possibly pregnant) and two males. Nope. Turns out that they are all “teenagers”, one females and the other four males! One of our PYP 2 students and his dad gave us two more guppies; a fully grown female with one of her babies. They taught us a lot about guppies and their habitat. For example how to tell the males and females apart (shape of the fins), and what kind of water plants we need. Thank you Thejus and Jagadeesh! Later in the week, one of our LGRP 5 students brought four more male guppies to live in our tank! That should be plenty for a while. Thank you, Nevia and Boris!

We’ve got a practicality to end with; our library will close at 14.45 on Wednesday, 9th of December due to a meeting we need to attend. Thank you for your understanding!

That is the end of the 171st post! We are looking forward to a fun and varied week!

Happy Reading!

Sharing the Joy

Last week, we noticed how during our Quiet Reading Time of the library lesson, students often choose to read together. The main purpose of our library and the library lessons is that students get excited about reading their chosen “just right” book(s)! Sharing the joy of reading supports that idea.

We had fun playing board games last Friday. We even had two old PYP students come and visit us. Our next session is on Friday, December 11th from 14.30 until 15.00ish. Students from grade 2 and up are welcome to join us!

Conceição brought us some nice big plants for in our library. Beautiful to look at it, and good for the air in the library! She is also the one who beautified our reception and staffroom. If you are interested in following her and her flower/plant business, you can find her on instagram: @conceicaosgarden. Thank you, Conceição!

Last week, our library lesson was all about the aquarium and the fish. Questions were asked and agreements were made! A poster with all the questions will be posted up above the aquarium on Tuesday.

Students looked at the fish with a lot of interest, focus and full of wonder!

If your child likes to be part of the Aquarium Club, email Fleur by Monday, November 30th at the latest! We will meet on Thursday, December 3rd to decide who will be feeding/cleaning the fish when. We will take turns to feed the fish. It’s a little tricky feeding the fish with 20 students at the same time!. Parents who have registered their child, will receive an invitation/confirmation on Tuesday for the meeting on Thursday, December 3rd.

Next week during our library lesson, students will have a chance to express their wish for the next round of Creative School events taking place in the school year of 2020 – 2021.

In week 50 we will introduce the ISGR Winter Reading Challenge 2020! It will run from December 14th 2020 until January 15th 2021. Students who complete the ISGR Winter Reading Challenge 2020, will receive a cloth book bag (either made from recycled fibres or organic and fair trade cotton) with a fun ISGR Winter Reading Challenge 2020 print on it!

In week 51, the last week before the break, we traditionally had students return all their books so we can make an inventory of the books. We are so organized this year, that this is not necessary. So this year, students get to check out books over the winter break! During our library lesson, students can share what they will be celebrating during the winter break and of course they get to color bookmarks.

We are looking forward to three fun-filled weeks!

Happy Reading!

Not Just Fish in the Library

It is clear to me that most of our students are super curious about other people’s lives. We read about many “normal” people that have done extraordinary things from Kids who Dare to be Different by Ben Brooks. All of our copies of that kind of book, have been checked out. We ordered a few more copies from AdLibris, so we’re hoping to both satisfy their curiosity as well as spark more questions!

It was interesting to hear what students would like to be known for. The ideas ranged from professional sports, being an expert in something and becoming a teacher in that area, to being a “strong feminist”. Not everyone had a turn to share what kind of extraordinary things they would like to do in their lives, and how that could help make the world a better place. Perhaps you could talk about that with your child, and share what you do to make the world just a little bit better for everyone.

Last week, we had a teacher librarian colleague visit. Marie Noëlle from the International School in Stockholm came to visit our school library. We exchanged best practices and she observed our library lessons. This is how she described our ISGR school library:

The library is a nice place where their [ISGR] students feel excited, comfortable, happy, creative, and welcome from the start. Students benefit from a huge range of fiction and nonfiction books. The signage inside the library is well thought through, relevant and effective: a genuine source of inspiration for “my library”. Fleur and Sophie did an outstanding job. It conveys both a welcoming environment and makes it easy for students to spot the book they are looking for.

Thanks, Marie-Noëlle for visiting us!

In the darker days, we (or maybe it’s just me!) have more need for cozy indoor spaces. So we put up some paper lanterns in our library! Talking about improvement of our library environment: we’ve dedicated some of our budget to beautiful plants, fun board games for the Library Club (so we don’t have to use our personal ones), as well as construction material (Lego and Plus Plus). Little things that can make a big difference!

The Aquarium Club fish “release party” was a success! The five guppies (one pregnant one, so it seems!) survived the journey from their old home to their new one in the library, and thanks to expert help from our Aquarium Club members and our Friday Volunteer (Friday Library Fairy!) Patty, the fish happily explored their new habitat. But we saw that the water plants weren’t doing so well… So that will be a natural continuation for our Aquarium Club: inquiring into how to maintain a healthy habitat for the fish and how to best take care of them. The Aquarium Club is now open to new members! Please send Fleur an email (fleur.doornberg-puglisi@staff.isgr.se) with your child’s name and class. All students from grade 2 and up are welcome. Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, December 3rd in the library, from 14.30 – 15.00ish.

Next week’s library lesson will be all about our aquarium. Together, we will answer the question: How can we keep our fish safe and happy, while at the same time keeping our students safe and happy? We will create agreements on how we can enjoy the aquarium and the fish, while still being focused on finding the best fit book, and reading it after checking out.

Our next Board Game Afternoon will be on Friday, November 27th. From 14.30 – 15.00ish, in the library. Students from grade 2 and up are very welcome! Bring your own board game, or play what we have. After the Winter Break, Library Club will include Board Game Afternoons (every other week), Construction Club (on Tuesdays or Thursdays, depending on staff meetings) and Aquarium Club (monthly meeting, and every week two different students have the task to take care of the fish). If you and/or your child have any ideas for other events we should include on the Library Club calender, let us know!

Check out our NEW BOOK DISPLAYS for great reading ideas!

The NEW BOOKS keep coming in…

Happy Reading!

Yours,

Sophie & Fleur

(Auto) Biographies Continued

We had fun playing the role-playing game Werewolves last Friday (the 13th!). Our next board game session is on Friday the 27th.

We had a great time with the Stories for Kids who Dare to be Different book by Ben Brooks, as well as the Life of a Firefly by local author Sandra Brown Lindstedt. The students were interested in listening to parts of both books. Some great questions came up. For example, “How do we know these stories are real? Maybe they’ve just made it up!”. That speaks to our independently and critically thinking IB minds that our students are developing!

Next week, we will continue using the above mentioned books to learn about true stories and (auto)biographies. Last week, our plan was to share the stories then ask the students what they would write about themselves – but it turned out that the students had many questions about what we read, and we used our time brainstorming answers. After that, they wanted to hear more! So this week, we will read more and then pause to think about our own lives, and what we would write about in our own autobiography. What are facts or events worth sharing? But first, what qualities make a fact or event worth sharing?

The two lucky students who are the first to check out Life of a Firefly by Sandra Brown Lindstedt. Many more have put their name in line to borrow the book.
Remember to enter the Life of a Firefly Christmas Contest! You can download the book onto your Kindle via Amazon here. Or you can read our library copy, of course.

The inquiry cycle can help organize our exploration of new knowledge and skills. Setting up the aquarium in our library has been quite the learning journey! We’ve bounced around that inquiry cycle for some time, but now we are happy to announce that the aquarium is all set up and ready to go for the fish to move in on Friday, November 20th. All current Aquarium Club members will receive a personal invitation. After that, we will re-open Aquarium (Maintenance) Club for new members who will help out with caring for the fish and their habitat.

Home Sweet Home

That was the library news for this week! And as always…

Happy Reading!

Your Library Team

True Stories

Last week, we all reminded ourselves about our Library Rules & Routines. It was clear that the students know exactly how things work in the library! It’s good to recognize that we’re all on the same page!

This upcoming week is all about true stories and (auto)biographies. Most of our displays are devoted to that, as well as our library lesson. We will read aloud from “Life of a Firefly” written by local author Sandra Brown-Lindstedt and from “Stories for Kids who Dare to be Different” by Ben Brooks. Both books are available in our school library. After the read aloud, we will “think, turn & talk” with the person next to us in the circle and share what we would write about ourselves, about our lives. We are very curious to hear the students’ perspective on their own lives, and what they think is worth learning about!

To learn more about “Life of a Firefly”, please visit Sandy’s Author Facebook page. There is also a contest to name her next book! It would be great if our ISGR students can be part of this, as it was Sandra’s visit to our school a few years ago that inspired her to write “Life of a Firefly”!

This week, we will have Board Games on Friday, November 13th. We will be playing Werewolves, but there will be other games to choose from if you’d rather not play a scary game on Friday, the 13th…

All the ISGR Scholastic Book Club orders have come in and have been distributed, so everyone should have received their books. If you haven’t yet, please email Fleur! Thank you again for all your orders, it allowed us to have many free Scholastic books for the library! Also, our annual big (BIG!) fiction order as arrived from AdLibris (about a 100 books!). This means a lot (a LOT) of new books for our students will be trickling in as they get covered and cataloged in the next couple of months. We are thankful and priviliged.

We will end this post with our latest additions to our library:

Happy Reading,

Your Library Team