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Library Study Center

As the the new year gains momentum and students begin to prepare next semesterremember that the Upper School Library is here to assist.   

The NHS (National Honor Society) Study Center is open for drop in and supported by teachers Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1600-1730, NHS students are in the library Mondays-Thursdays  from 4-5 and appointments can be made with NHS Students outside of these hours.

The library is a great place to spend free block(s), catch up on work or meet with friends to play one of the many board games.  Parents of 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.

New Arrivals

The Upper School Library is constantly refreshing its shelves with new books to provide students access to the most recent releases.  Listed below are a small sample of some of the new titles that have been added to the catalog.

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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New Upper School Librarian

ZIS is pleased to welcome our new Upper School Librarian for the new 2019/2020 school year.  Read a short bio below of Mr Peter Jacobson who is very excited about our Upper School Library and moving with his family to our school:

Mr. Peter Jacobson comes from the American International School Chennai (India) where he has been the high school librarian for four years. Mr. Jacobson has been a teacher for 22 years with the last eight as a school librarian. Originally trained as an English Language Arts and Literature teacher to students in grades 7-12, Mr. Jacobson also spent time in the classroom teaching other courses like computer science, geography, yearbook, journalism, humanities, and global perspectives. Mr. Jacobson loves being a librarian because he is able to surround himself with so many of the subjects he loves, work with so many people in a variety of ways and share his joy of reading and learning with all students. In his free time, Mr. Jacobson loves playing card and tabletop games with this family and friends like Settlers of Catan, Gloomhaven, RISK, Speldor, and Magic the Gathering.  Mr. Jacobson is also an avid sports fan for all his professional and collegiate sports teams from Minnesota (SKOL!).  Mr. Jacobson enjoys playing pick-up basketball, working out, reading, fantasy football, drawing, collecting comic books and watching, talking about, and collecting Star Wars memorabilia, and above all else- traveling to new places with his family. He is joined by his wife, Allison who will be teaching ELA in the MS and his two children, Max (Grade 11) and Norah (Grade 7). His favorite color is green.

ZIS Upper School Book Bingo 2019

The 2019 Book Bingo competition has begun.  On or before June 1, 2019 read five books on the bingo card themes.  Copy the bingo card from this Google Docs link and once finished submit to the library.  Readers will receive chocolate and be entered in a draw for an Orell Fuessli gift certificate.

Featured Books of the Week

Despite the weather, summer IS on the way.  For seniors, so is graduation!!   We'd like to wish the graduating class of 2019 the best of luck in their future endeavors.

With exams successfully completed, tablets and textbooks returned, time can be spent catching up on pleasure reading.  Some of the New Books in the Upper School Library are listed below and to the left.  This is a good place to start looking for that perfect Summer Read to accompany any assigned summer readings for the upcoming school year.  Books checked out at the end of this school year are not due back until beginning of the 2019/2020 academic year.  Have a great summer. 

Visiting Author

On Thursday, November 15, Library Services and the Modern Language Department were privileged to host one of the most popular Young Adult authors in Spain. Ms. Care Santos was recently awarded Spain's Oldest Literary Award, the famous PREMIO NADAL 2017 for her first book translated into English, Desire for Chocolate. Students of Spanish classes first attended a writing workshop where they each created the first sentence of a possible novel. The winning sentence of this competition may appear in one of Care’s future novels! Then Ms. Santos gave a presentation and answered questions from both students and parents that attended. Fluent Spanish speaking students presented their interpretation of the novels that are currently being read in class. It was a very exciting afternoon and a unique opportunity for our students to gain insight into the world of literature and writing. For those interested, a selection of Care Santos' books are available in the Upper School library.

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.

In the heart of London at Goldsmiths University our recent grad, Thandiwe Van Wesenbeeck ('18) can be found burning the library's midnight oil.

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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Featured Online Resource

Sweet Search is a search index created by 50+ librarians, educators and researchers who collectively invested over 100,000 hours in finding the best resource.  It helps users find information, faster, enabling them to determine the most relevant results from a list of credible resources, and makes it much easier to find primary sources excluding not only obvious spam sites, but also marginal sites that read well, but lack academic or journalistic rigor, also the very best Web sites that are often buried on other search engines appear on the first page of SweetSearch results.  Sweetsearch constantly evaluates their search results and "fine-tune" them. In the summer of 2017, they reviewed every link in the index, and scoured the entire web for new, worthy websites to add.

Google Scholar is another search engine that provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature allowing searches across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions.

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