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Almost Half Way

Not that students, parents or teacher/faculty member are counting but there are only five more weeks until the December Break.  Once school resumes on January 8th 2019, only nineteen (19) more weeks of this school year will remain (and we all know how fast those will go).  Senior Advisories are busy planning the remaining weeks of their high school experience while underclassmen/women are completing projects and preparing for the end of the term.  As these final weeks of 2018 wind down, remember that the Upper School Library is here for you.  

The NHS (National Honor Society) help desk is available and supported by teachers Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1600-1730, appointments can be made with NHS Students outside of those hours.  Also, the Extended Essay Lib Guide Home link (below this box) is a useful resource for Year Two IB students currently submitting their final essays.  Year One IB students may also find this link helpful as they begin researching their own extended essays.

Not only does the Upper School library offer over 13,000 titles from fiction, non-fiction, biographies, graphic novels, e-books, books in languages other than English, college prep, SAT/ACT guides and/or study materials and a wide range of magazines and periodicals, it is a great place to spend free block(s), catch up with work or meet with friends to play one of the many board games.  Parents of current students are also invited to visit the library, either in person or electronically, to find their own reading, viewing or listening material.

Extended Essay

At the core of the IB Diploma Program is the 4,000 word extended essay.  The following link will take you to the ZIS EE LibGuide. Use this guide to access IB documents and ZIS advice for completing your extended essay.  Good luck to all IB Diploma students and don't forget to come into your US Library for any further research needs.

Teen Reading Recommendations

Lucas Maxwell, a Librarian in the United Kingdom, keeps a white board next to his desk where students can write book recommendations to each other.  Follow the link above to see the fifteen books that teens recommend right now.  Many titles on the list are already available from the Upper School Library or have been recently ordered and will arrive soon.  Two of their selections are highlighted below.


SO Much to READ

There is SO Much to Read -

The written word envelopes our every day lives; from social media and messaging, to advertising/marketing and especially in school assignments.  Now more than ever, being 'word-wise' is just as important as being informed.  The Upper School library's catalog includes 13,000 books (including titles in languages other than English), DVD's, CD's, a large selection of magazines, newspapers, research and college prep materials.  With such a broad variety of reading material from which to choose, there is bound to be a title or a resource that could be informational, entertaining or both for you.  Come in, browse the shelves and find something to read.

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What Are You Reading?

Reading was an escape for me.  I was a shy child and preferred getting lost in books when I was younger. I still enjoy that escape now. - Esther de Vries. 

Last year the Upper School Library Services added a new feature to its web page and began interviewing US Faculty about the books that may have influenced them personally or professionally, what was on their high school reading list or what they have recently read to provide possible recommendations for students.     

Upper School Library volunteer, Kevin Ostroske, recently sat down with EAL/English Teacher Esther de Vries to discuss her multi-lingual reading journey.    

To read the complete interview click this link. 

Alumni Reading

ZIS US Library is excited to feature libraries and reading from around the world sent in from our distinguished ZIS Alumni. Enjoy.

Not surprisingly, USC has more than one library, Raghav Maheshwari '16 sent along a photo of his favourite.  Any USC grads remember this one?


Featured Books of the Week

This week's Featured Books are selected from the Upper School Library 'New Arrivals'.  Displayed along the entrance foyer, these titles may provide a good break from the academic grind or the may be a good choice if you're looking for something to read over the upcoming break.

The Upper School Library is an inviting learning space open to  the whole ZIS community. The growing collection of over 13,000 print books, magazines, ebooks, databases and DVDs offer quality information and entertainment.   The physical learning environment encourages individual and group studying, researching and reading.  Librarians are on hand to help with reader advisory, research skills and other information needs.


The ZIS Library Mission

  • To ensure learners grow as competent, ethical users and producers of ideas and information.
  • To prepare life-long learners who are effective communicators, critical researchers and problem solvers.
  • To collaborate and share with audiences beyond our school walls.
  • To model our school's mission and support learners in the pursuit of aesthetic growth and personal learning pathways.

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