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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.


Library News

POETRY MONTH - In 1996, The Academy of American Poets declared April National Poetry month. This literary tradition has been going strong for the pat 22 years.  The ZIS Upper School, in coordination with Library Services, has created a program to promote poetry on campus.  Potty Poetry is a collection of poems strategically located throughout the school students visiting the variety of sites have a chance to read classic poetry, as well as poems recommended by staff and fellows students. 

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.

Good Luck Seniors

Believe it or not, the 2017/2018 School year is quickly coming to and end.  While underclassmen, and women, are beginning to plan their summer activities, seniors are prepping for exams, writing papers and finalizing their college choices.  We'd like to wish all the seniors good luck on their upcoming tests as well as wish them the best as they embark on their future lives beyond the ZIS Upper School.  

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.

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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. 

Day of Silence

The SAGA sponsored Day of Silence was held last Wednesday, April 18.  Participating students were deliberately silent to echo the silence of individuals and groups, which has been caused by bullying, name calling, harassment and physical abuse.  The students involved believe that ending the silence is the first step towards awareness and are making a commitment to addressing those types of injustices.


The Upper School library has is a large selection of reading material that corresponds with the issues and topics of the Day of Silence.  The selection includes fiction, non-fiction and DVD's, have a look and discover what the silence was all about.

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.


Neal Shusterman Visit


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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 suggestions for Summer Reading and include selected new titles from the Young Adult genre.  Pick one (or more) or any book(s) to enjoy over the summer break.  

The list below is only a small sample of what is available from the catalog of over 13,000 titles of the Upper School Library from fiction, non-fiction, biographies and graphic novels.(many books available in languages other than English).  Consider checking-out an audio book, DVD or CD to pass the time during your summer travels.  Or paging through College preparation, SAT/ACT guides and/or study materials to get a head start on next year's workload or selecting a university.     

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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