The Week Before Höst Lov

First of all, we would like to thank our guest teacher Lauren and our library parent volunteer Patty for holding the fort when both Sophie and I were absent last week on Thursday and Friday. Thank you, Lauren and Patty, for taking care of our students and the library!

Before we jump into what is happening in the library this week, we would like to bring your attention to a graduation project of a Child Culture Design student who has worked with us last school year, in the Spring Term with PYP 5 students (who are now in MYP 6). Xinyi and the PYP 5 students worked on designing new school library furniture. Xinyi has written a thank you letter to us! Read it here:

She would like to invite us to a joint activity during the Gothenburg Open Week Design Festival with another Child Culture Design graduate on October 23rd (Friday) from 16.30-18.30. There will be art-based workshops and will end with a talk about playful placemaking with children. Xinyi is going to talk about her project a bit more there. We are invited! If you are interested, please let Xinyi know as it is a closed event, so she can reserve your place: xinyiyoo@gmail.com

At our school next week (Tuesday – Thursday), we will have dancer and choreographer Rebecca Leonard leading musical theatre workshops for the students in PYP F and 1, and LGRP F and 1! Rebecca is an experienced dancer and choreographer, who has a Performing Arts School both in Ireland and here in Gothenburg. The workshops next week are part of the Creative School (Skapande Skolan) project we run at ISGR, and are funded by the National Council of the Arts. Rebecca will be working with the students on singing, dancing, and acting in a 45 minutes workshop. This song will be used to sing and dance to. Feel free to listen to it at home as well!

For the Aquarium Club this week, we will set up the tank! Once the aquarium has a healthy (bacterial) environment, we will have a “release party” for the fish! We will let you know when the “release date” is.

To prepare ourselves for “Läs Lov” (Reading Break), which is what Höst Lov is now called, we will share with each other during library lesson what our favorite book is. Students are invited to write a note or to make a short video clip in which they are briefly stating what their favorite book is and why. This can be a book in any language, either from home or from a library. Students are welcome to bring their favorite book from home (or pick their favorite book from our school library) to show during library lesson. The idea is that students inspire each other to read books that they’d otherwise not think of reading. All notes and videos will be posted on our library blog on Sunday 25/10 to kick of the a reading-full “Läs Lov”.

We try to put up new displays in our school library regularly to encourage students to try something different. Take a look at our latest displays:

This year, our online ISGR Scholastic Book Club (book sale) is a success! We have already earned 1,189.66 SEK in rewards! This means, because of the orders you placed, we get to choose Scholastic Books for 1,189.66 SEK! So far, we have put the following items for our school library in our “rewards basket”:

We hope many more parents will place book orders for their children! Remember that the deadline is Friday, October 23rd. Place your order here:  https://eu-schools.scholastic.co.uk/int-school-of-gothenburg/digital-book-club

Our next book sale, will be the on-site (hopefully!) Usborne Book Sale with Yvonne on March 10th, 2021.

That was it! Wow, that was a lot of different things! Different things, but all with the same underlying goal: to get students excited about reading, inspired to read great books and to develop a life-long habit of reading for pleasure! (Okay, maybe setting up an aquarium is technically not part of the reading promotion program… although one could argue that it contributes to a welcoming school library environment!)

Happy Reading!

An Especially Normal Week

Normal can feel like a hamsterwheel you’re running in. It can feel like the same things over and over again. But normal also gives us structure, purpose and a sense of belonging. And when the world around us feels unstable in some ways, normal becomes something to be appreciated.

So this week in the library will be especially normal: we’ve got new displays up, board games on Tuesday (13/10), and lovely library lessons. We will end our library lessons with reflecting on why we chose the books that we did. There can be many reasons for a book choice, and hearing those different reasons from your peers can spark your wanting-to-read-fire!

Don’t forget that our latest Scholastic Book Club is now online at https://eu-schools.scholastic.co.uk/int-school-of-gothenburg/digital-book-club. There are hundreds of fantastic children’s books to choose from, and every €1 you spend on this month’s Book Club will earn 20¢ for our school library in Scholastic Rewards. That means we can choose free books from Scholastic!

Please place your order online by Friday, October 23rd, 2020.

Students have received, or will receive, a book mark with a QR code that directs you to the ordering website and a flyer with examples of Scholastic books to choose from. Once all the orders are in, Scholastic will ship all the books to our school. We will sort them out and make sure all students get their ordered books. Thank you for supporting your child’s healthy reading habits, as well as our library!

We are looking forward to another wonderful, reading-full week with our creative, caring and communicative students!

Your Library Team,

Sophie & Fleur

More Books and More Genres

First of all: feel free to check out our previous blog posts to learn about the inspiring visit of Ali Sparkes!

Secondly:

Our new Scholastic Book Club is up and running! Go to http://eu-schools.scholastic.co.uk/int-school-of-gothenburg to browse the latest books and order online. For every €1 you spend on this month’s Book Club, our school will earn 20¢ in Scholastic Rewards. With these rewards, we will buy books for in our ISGR school library.

Please place your order online by October 23rd, 2020. A great and easy way to get books in English in your home, and supporting our school library at the same time!

This is how it works; you place your order, and once all orders are in by October 23rd, the books will be shipped to ISGR. We will sort out the books, and make sure the right books end up in your child’s hands!

We will run this Scholastic Book Club once this school year. Our next book sale will be in the Spring term with Yvone from Usborne Books.

Now back to our normal library news!

What a week it has been! We have worked with genres, and we will take another week to continue with that. There’s a lot to explore there!

In PYP F – 2, we explored genres, or different types of stories, through two excellent read alouds: Charlie Cook’s Favorite Book by Julia Donaldson and Into The Forest by Anthony Browne. Students were able to describe the different stories and connect it with stories they have heard or read.

In PYP 3 – 5 we looked at the different genre symbols, what they mean and why we use them. Together we were very knowledgeable! Of course, in grades 4 and 5 we mostly talked about Ali Sparkes! Either in anticipation, or reflecting on her visit.

Next week, in PYP F – 2 we will explore genres through read alouds again. We will read Willy’s Stories by Anthony Browne and Once Upon a Wild Wood by Chriss Riddell.

In PYP 3 – 5, we will play a game in which students, in teams of two, will get a book and a genre symbol that don’t match. The students have to find other teams and talk with them about the book and the genre symbol they’ve received. The goal is to match the right book to their genre symbol. Should be fun, lively and educational!

On Tuesday, October 6th, we will have the Aquarium Club. Parents of students who are in this club, have received an email with an invitation.

On Tuesday, October 13th, we will have Board Games again.

We are looking forward to a great week.

Happy Reading!

There are types of stories, but types of readers too!

Ali Sparkes Meet & Greet!

Dear ISGR Grade 4 and 5 Parents, 

Tomorrow afternoon, from 14.30 – 15.30, we will have the Ali Sparkes Meet & Greet in our school library! If you have ordered a book for your child, it will be ready for pickup at 14.30 (when entering the library). Students will then go to Ali Sparkes (in the back of the library) to have them signed. The students who are attending but who haven’t purchased a book can enter the library from 15.00 on. We have bookmarks for them that Ali Sparkes can sign. And of course, they can ask a question and chat with her for a bit. 

Please prepare your child for a possibly long waiting time. We will have an assigned area for students to stand in line (along the fiction shelves), that snakes around the library, and towards Ali Sparkes. Once their book/bookmark is signed, and the question asked, students are expected to exit the library – and not hang around. This is to avoid having too many people in one space. Students can come any time between 14.30 and 15.30. Ali will be there for them! 

Parents are not joining their child. This is an event for students only. Thank you for your understanding!

We are looking forward to a great afternoon!

Genres in Week 40

Of course next week, students in grade 4 and 5 will be mostly thinking and talking about Ali Sparkes’ visit to our school! Read our previous posts to learn more about that:

https://isgrguldlibrary.blog/2020/09/24/pre-order-ali-sparkes-books/

https://isgrguldlibrary.blog/2020/09/20/ali-sparkes-and-other-library-things/

During our library lessons next week, we will be focusing on genres. We will be discussing, and playing with, questions like: What is a genre? Why do we have them? Why do we use genre stickers in our library (instead of organizing the books by genre)? We will be looking at different books that are examples of different genres. This will help students create an image and a “feel” for the different genres.

This is an example of the use of genre stickers in a public library in Sweden.

For an overview of the genre symbols we use in our library, download this pdf file:

On Tuesday, September 29th, we will have our Aquarium Club! All the students who have been attending (you know who you are!), please be present this week as well. We will be discussing whether we will be having 1) several goldfish 2) a salamander 3) a turtle. We will be looking at the pros and cons of every option. We hope to reach a consensus, rather than “the majority wins”. But we will see if that is possible! A decision will be posted next week on our library blog!

Just as a heads up: we will open up the annual (online) Baker Book Sales (now partnered with Scholastic) for all ISGR students, parents and teachers on Sunday, October 4th. More information about that in next week’s blog post!

And as always; Happy Reading!

10 ways to inspire your children to read - Beneylu Pssst

Pre-Order Ali Sparkes Books

The moment is here!

UPDATE (1/10 16:04): ALL BOOKS ARE SOLD! Thank you everyone for placing your order!

We just want to emphasize again that students who have not purchased a book, are still very welcome to the Meet & Greet! They can ask Ali a question, and we will have bookmarks ready to be signed by her as well.  

You can pre-order one of Ali Sparkes Books by filling out this form.

Here is it how it works:

All PYP and LGRP 4 and 5 parents receive a link to a Google Form via a message on Managebac and Schoolsoft, and this library blog. This is the order form. We have 44 books available. So first come, first serve. We prioritize orders for 4th and 5th grade students. For most titles, there are two copies available. Except for the SWITCH books, there is only one copy available of each title. And for the Finding the Fox book, we have got five copies of that title. If the requested title is not available, we will contact you with another suggestion. Information about the books can be found on the Ali Sparkes website. See the available books to order, below:

The school is not making any profit from these book sales. This is offered as a reading promotion event, and as a special opportunity to Meet & Greet with Ali Sparkes and have a book signed by her. The last day to place your order is on Wednesday, September 30th. When you have placed the order, you will swish the total amount to Fleur (number is on the form). Remember to add your child’s name and his/her class as the message in the swish!

Students will then, at the Meet & Greet on Friday 2/10, pick up their pre-ordered book. When they have their book, they will Meet & Greet with Ali Sparkes, and they can ask her to sign their book!

You can, of course, still be part of the Meet & Greet event if you don’t purchase a book. We ask all students who have pre-ordered a book, to come to the Meet & Greet between 14.30 – 15.00. Everyone else who is interested in talking to Ali Sparkes is welcome between 15.00 – 15.30. This is to avoid having too many students in one space. We will also set up different walking routes/places to stand in line, so Ali doesn’t get swamped by too many children at the same time!

Please email Fleur if you have any questions: fleur.doornberg.puglisi@staff.isgr.se. Thank you!

Happy Reading!

Ali Sparkes! And Other Library Things

Yes! Yes! Yes! British Author Ali Sparkes is coming to our school! She will be working with the PYP and LGRP 4 and 5 students, and we are so excited! The original plan was for her to visit back in March, but we had to cancel that for obvious reasons.

We got to know Ali Sparkes back in the Spring of 2019, when she did a presentation via Skype for our PYP 3 students (who are now in PYP 5!), as part of their fantasy writing unit. We loved her so much, that we asked her to come to our school the next year (which then was cancelled). But now, here she is! Or will be, very soon.

Ali Sparkes will be at our school in week 40, from Wednesday, September 30th through Friday, October 2nd. She will engage the PYP and LGRP 4 and 5 classes in a presentation and a writing workshop. She will spend one hour with each class.

On Friday, October 2nd there will be a Meet & Greet with Ali in the library from 14.30 – 15.30. You can pre-order books through Fleur, and have them signed at the Meet & Greet. Because of COVID-19 precautions, only students (no parents) will be allowed at the Meet & Greet.

Next week (39), Sophie and Fleur will inform the students during their library lesson about Ali Sparkes’ visit. We will show the students our Ali Sparkes library books. We will also tell them about the Meet & Greet and how to pre-order books. Students will receive Ali Sparkes book marks with the Meet & Greet information, which you can download below as well.

Pre-ordering books works like this: On Thursday, September 24th (between 3 – 4 pm), all PYP and LGRP 4 and 5 parents will receive a link to a Google Form via a message on Managebac and Schoolsoft. This is the order form. We have 44 books available. So first come, first serve. For most titles, there are two copies available. Except for the SWITCH books, there is only one copy available of each title. And for the Finding the Fox book, we have got five copies of that title. If the requested title is not available, we will contact you with another suggestion. Information about the books can be found on the Ali Sparkes website. See the available books to order, below:

The school is not making any profit from these book sales. This is offered as a reading promotion event, and as a special opportunity to Meet & Greet with Ali Sparkes and have a book signed by her. The last day to place your order is on Wednesday, September 30th. When you have placed the order, you will swish the total amount to Fleur (number is on the form). Remember to add your child’s name and his/her class as the message in the swish!

Students will then, at the Meet & Greet on Friday 2/10, pick up their pre-ordered book. When they have their book, they will Meet & Greet with Ali Sparkes, and they can ask her to sign their book!

Please email Fleur if you have any questions: fleur.doornberg.puglisi@staff.isgr.se. Thank you!

Now on to our other Library Things! On Tuesday, September 22nd we will play Board Games! Students from grades 2 and up are very welcome to join us. Again, just the students – no parents. It went very smoothly last time, and we had a lot of fun. We are looking forward to it!

Next week, during our library lessons, our focus will be on the different sections we have in the library and what kind of books we can find there. Many of our student have been at ISGR for quite some time, so they know where to find the different types of books. But it still a good idea to check-in with the students, and clarify anything that is unclear.

And Sophie has cataloged even more new books for us!

Last Friday, we had a great Aquarium Club session. We found out quite a bit of information and we have a few answers to our questions. We will meet again on Tuesday, 29/9 to make a final decision!

This turned out to be a long blog post, with lots of information. Thank you for taking the time read it all!

We are looking forward to a reading-full week!

Happy Reading,

Your Library Team Fleur and Sophie

Done and Going to Do

We have had a great week! We have seen many students who showed us exactly how to put the books where they belong. Even though most of us know how to browse books and how take care of them, it is still a good idea to interactively model an important skill like that. In line with the Responsive Classroom practices, it is best to proactively communicate and model the expected behavior, rather than assume students already know a certain skill, and then get frustrated when the students don’t put the books back where they belong.

It was so much fun playing board games last Tuesday! Great to see many familiar and also new faces. Some students joined in with our Dixit game, others played independently and made friends in the process!

On Tuesday, September 15th, we will have the next session for our Aquarium Club. We hope to see all students who were there last time to join us again. (Sorry, we can’t take on any more members at this time!). Here’s a photo from our brainstorm session last time:

Next week at ISGR, we will focus on our health and wellbeing. Students are encouraged to reflect on their lifestyle choices as healthy (and unhealthy!) habits are established very early on!

We are trying to keep up with the book series we currently have in our library. This means purchasing the latest installments, as well as replacing lost copies. We now have the complete set of the Alex Rider series!

Complete Alex Rider Series

Before the summer, we bought many autobiographies in Swedish of inspiring, important figures. Here they are, in case you missed them:

Exciting news for our Grade 4 and 5 students (both LGRP and PYP students): British author Ali Sparkes is coming to our school and will lead writing workshops! We had planned for her to come last March, but that was the peak of the corona pandemic, so we had to cancel. Now she will be at our school in week 40, Wednesday through Friday. We will have a special (COVID-19 adjusted) Meet & Greet on Friday, October 2nd. More information about that (how to purchase her books and have them signed) will be posted on this blog on September 20th!

Next week in the library we will remind ourselves what it means to find a “just right” book. Through stories, practice and sharing, students will learn how to find a “just right” book. Depending on the reading level and developmental stage the students are in, we approach the “just right” book idea from different angles. See below for examples.

To conclude this blog post, we would like to draw your attention the International Dot Day occuring on Tuesday, September 15th. How will you celebrate?

We are looking forward to a great week!

Happy Reading,

Your Library Team

Books and Board Games

What a whirlwind of a week it has been! We noticed that many students remembered to return their books. Hurray! That meant they could check out new books to read. Thank you for your support!

We hope you have enjoyed our PYP Open House last Wednesday. It was incredibly strange to “talk” to you online that way. I couldn’t actually see any of you, only myself and the slide with the library information. I do hope it was informative and useful. Now with the precautions surrounding COVID-19, we don’t see any parents up in the library. Those are the rules and I understand, but I do miss that contact! We hope all of this blows over soon, and we can welcome the parents to the library in real life.

Our Aquarium Club last Tuesday was very productive. We spent about half an hour brainstorming ideas, discussing pros/cons and politely (dis)agreeing with each other. I was impressed with the language our students used; “I disagree with that, because…” or “I like that idea, but I am worried that…” We ended our conversation with three interest groups: water (fish), land (snake? lizard?), and land/water (turtle). Each student chose what they are most interested in finding out more about. Next time we meet, on September 15th, we will work in these interest groups. The idea is that, in the end, we present each other what we’ve learned and we try to come to an agreement (compromise, maybe) of what we will do with our aquarium. One student has already suggested we should have three tanks, so we could have fish, a turtle AND a snake/lizard!

Next week, on Tuesday September 8th, we will have our first Board Games afternoon. It takes place in the library, of course, after school from about 14.30 until 15.00ish. Students are welcome to play the games provided (memory game, Tsuro, falling tower) or a game they have brought from home. I will be leading the first round of Dixit, after which the student can play it on their own. You don’t have to sign up. You can just show up and join the fun!

During our Library Lessons, we will focus on how to browse books in the library. Through Interactive Modeling (a Responsive Classroom practice), students learn why and how we browse books in the library. It is important for students to know why we ask them to put the books exactly where they belong. Most of them know already: so someone else can find the book again, and so books won’t get lost. It is important to communicate clear expectations. This contributes to a safe and predictable library community, which frees up our minds to learn new things (and read great books!).

PYP F students will be checking out books for the first time this week. So exciting!

If you have any questions, comments or ideas to share, please email us directly at fleur.doornberg-puglisi@staff.isgr.se or sophie.arnold@staff.isgr.se. Thank you!

Now that Autumn has really started, we can say…

Happy Reading!