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Banned Book week (September 24-30) is coming to an end.  The Zurich International School Upper School campus had a successful week acknowledging this annual event that promotes the freedom to read.  Students took part in class discussions that highlighted the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some may consider unorthodox or unpopular.  Displays outside the library and around the school brought a greater awareness to celebrating - and protecting - the freedom to read.  As we enjoy the seemingly expanding and limitless amount of information, the potential is that there will be someone else selecting what is available and to whom.  Throughout the week, students were encouraged to keep informed, recognize and challenge censorship and, of course, support their local libraries.

Freedom to Read

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.

Library News

The first break of the 2017/2018 school year is right around the corner.  Fall break runs from October 16 through the 24th (classes resuming Wednesday Oct. 25th).  Whether you are using that time to catch-up, finish-up, or get ahead in your school work or looking forward to some 'down' time to casually read, a visit to the library prior to the break is highly recommended.  Check out a book (fiction or non-fiction), magazine, CD or DVD from the shelves (there is also a selection of audio-books to help pass the time during a long car journey).   

Being a Reading Role Model - Jessica Tom, editor at Scholastic, a parenting blog, advises that if you want your child to be a good reader, we, as parents, must set the right example.  The article, Be a Reading Role Model, describes 7 ways to create a reading environment and partner with your children to guide them along their path as readers.   


Awards Alert - The short list for the 2017 Man Booker Prize has just been announced.  All of these books will soon be or are already on the shelves at the Upper School library. The Man Booker Prize, established in 1969highlights one writer’s overall contribution to fiction on the world stage.  Each winner receives £50,000 as well as the £2,500 awarded to each of the shortlisted authors. Both the winner and the shortlisted authors are guaranteed a worldwide readership plus an increase in book sales.  Below is the list of titles and authors in the running for the 2017 Award: 

Some of the Featured Books of the Week (center column) come from the Man Booker Prize short list and are available to be checked out from the Upper School library.  

4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster (US) (Faber & Faber)
Days Without End by Sebastian Barry (Ireland) (Faber & Faber)
History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund (US) (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Pakistan-UK) (Hamish Hamilton)
Solar Bones by Mike McCormack (Ireland) (Canongate)
Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor (UK) (4th Estate)
Elmet by Fiona Mozley (UK) (JM Originals)
The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy (India) (Hamish Hamilton)
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (US) (Bloomsbury Publishing)
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (UK-Pakistan) (Bloomsbury Circus)
Autumn by Ali Smith (UK) (Hamish Hamilton)
Swing Time by Zadie Smith (UK) (Hamish Hamilton)
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (US) (Fleet)

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Visiting Author - Neal Shusterman

Neal Shusterman is an author of more than 30 books and will visit the Upper School on October 4th 2017.  Shusterman, a native New Yorker that graduated from the University of California, has has received numerous honors for his books including the National book Award for Young People's Literature and the Golden Kite award for fiction.   

Visiting Author Neal Shusterman

National Book Award winner Neal Shusterman visited Zurich International School's Upper School campus on Wednesday, October 4th.  He spoke to students about the process of writing; from formulating a basic idea into chapters and drafts, working with other industry professionals (editors and publishers) to create a finished product.  Students in English 9 and 10 classes and one Grade 9 Essential Theater class were privileged to hear Mr. Shusterman read a few selections from his dystopian world Unwind as well as from the National Book Award winning novel Challenger Deep.  Discussions were lively and well received by our aspiring readers and writers.


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What Have You Read?

I would like the Library to be the ‘heart’ of the school, the center of activity.  Hearing some level of noise from the library is comforting, it shows that students like being there.  Of course, it should have areas to work and study, there should be something for everybody.  It should be a place where students feel at home.” – John Switzer.

As a new feature on the Upper School Library Services web page, we will be speaking with US Faculty about what they have read that may influenced them personally or professionally, what was on their high school reading list or what they have recently read and for some possible recommendations for students.      

Upper School Library volunteer, Kevin Ostroske, sat down with Principal John Switzer to discuss his reading journey and the importance of reading.  

To say that Mr. Switzer has a voracious appetite for reading or that the collection of books he has read is eclectic, would be an understatement.  Find the complete interview here.

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 Web Featured Books are a selection of titles from the Man Booker Prize short list (these are new arrivals and are avaialble for check-out from the US Library) as well as titles from National Book Award winner Neal Shusterman, who recently visited the ZIS' Middle and Upper School campuses.

With over 13,000 book available (as well as titles in languages other than English), DVD's, CD's and a large selection of research and college prep materials, you'll always find something to read in the Upper School 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.


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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Poetry and Arts Event

On Thursday, October 5th, the Makerspace coreway hosted the student led "Poetry and Arts Event." This event showcased both faculty and student talent. Musical performances were given by the Quantum Avocados (Mr.Keys and Frau Rusch) and the Prickly Pears (a 12th grade band consisting of Thandiwe, Aaron, Rodion, Shareef and Ben). Ms de Vries also read two original poems and Millicent and Annabel performed a poem written by alumnus, Charli Morachnik. The goal of this event was to showcase student and faculty talent outside of the classroom under the theme, "The Future." 


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