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Winter Break Reading

Are you counting the days until winter break?  Don't get ahead of yourselves...  There is plenty of assigned reading, homework, college applications and assessments to complete as well as social and sports events to be a part of before the 20th of December.  Although it seems like months away, (as of this publication it is 17 days away...).  Now might be the time to start  thinking about what to read over the upcoming break.         

The Upper School Library offers over 13,000 titles including reading material in languages other than English, DVD's, magazines, research and college prep resources.  The Library is not only great place to find something to read but also serves as a quiet study location and meeting space.   Parents of ZIS students are also welcome to come in, activate their account, browse the shelves and hopefully find something to read for themselves.    

NHS Study Center in the Library

As the the new year gains momentum and the academic workload starts 'ramp-up' remember that the Upper School Library is here to assist.   

NHS would like to inform you that as of August 26th, the Study Center (in the library) has opened.
Do you need some help with an essay or a math problem? Or, do you just have an urgent question that needs to be answered? Members of the ZIS NHS are more than happy to help, so please swing by the far table on the right in the library!
All NHS members' profiles will be hung up outside the library very soon, so if you would like to contact someone specific for a subject, you can let them know.
The ZIS chapter of the National Honors Society hopes to see you in the Study Center if you need any help!


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.

Digital Magazines

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 offers something for everyone.  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.

Digital Magazines


FLIPSTER is an easy to use digital magazine newsstand that allows access to top periodicals via smart devises and tablets.  This resource is available in the the Upper School Library through the I-pads on the magazine rack.  For information on how to use Flpster on a portable device or tablet please ask the Librarian. 



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eBooks, OverDrive, and Sora

OverDrive is a digital library offering both ebooks and audiobooks for the Web community, anytime, anywhere! Sora is the new user-friendly app that lets you access it through your laptop, phone or tablet.
The Sora app was designed around the modern student reading experience. It empowers students to discover and enjoy ebooks and audiobooks from their school, for both leisure and class-assigned reading.

Inspired by educator and student feedback, Sora was created to excite kids about reading and remove distractions to promote a focus on learning.

  • Easy to use, one tap to get inside a book
  • The largest catalog of ebooks and audiobooks…made even larger by access to your public library through Sora
  • Teachers can assign titles and track individual student reading progress
  • Exportable notes, highlights for collaborative learning
  • Personalized with book recommendations and learning tools like dyslexic font, enlarged text, Read-Alongs and audiobooks
  • Badges and achievements to engage students
  • Same experience on all devices

Scan the QR code to get started reading today!

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Getting started with Sora

Step 1

Install the Sora app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

Step 2

In Sora, find your school (Zurich International School, then choose Upper School (Students and Faculty), and finally sign in (Same login you use as your Computer Login)

Step 3

Browse the Explore tab and borrow a book. Your book will open so you can start reading right away.

Step 4

Close the book and go to your Shelf to see all your books (including assignments). From there, you can:

  • Click or tap Open Book or Open Audiobook to read or listen to the book.
  • Click or tap Options to renew or return the book, get to your notes and highlights, and more.

If you need more help with Sora, please visit Sora Help.


Featured Books of the Week

The Upper School Library is continually stocking it's shelves with new books.  Some of the New Books are displayed in the library's entryway and featured below.  New Arrivals can also be found in the Destiny Discover search portal on student's tablets or the library's computer.   Have a browse​ either in person or electronically - there is plenty to choose from.

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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Upper School Librarian Contact

Zurich International School
Steinarcherstrasse 140
8820 Wädenswil, Switzerland
+41 (0) 58 750 2500