As the the new year gains momentum and students begin to prepare next semester, remember 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.
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.
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.
There is SO Much to Read -
3,000 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This week's Featured Books, are from the latest library promotion - Bathroom Biographies. Displayed through 'facilities' around the school and in the entrance foyer are a collection of biographies by and about Artists, Writers, Musicians and Politicians, Revolutionaries, survivors of family conflicts and escaping from poverty and war torn areas. If you have ever wanted to know more about people's lives, their stories and struggles, pick up a biography or memoir and find out what makes them tick. The books displayed around the school are just a small selection from the biography section (920) on the second floor of the upper floor of the library.
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.
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.