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.
Awards Alert -
The 2017 calendar year is quickly coming to an end. That means that the selection process for many literary awards has been completed and the winners announced. Below is only a small sample of the 2017 Literary Awards and the winning titles.
The Man Booker Prize - Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (awarded to any novel originally written in English and published in the UK in the year of the prize, regardless of the nationality of their author. The novel must be an original work in English (not a translation) and published by a registered UK imprint).
Baileys Women Prize for Fiction - Power by Naomi Alderman (the Prize was set up to celebrate excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women throughout the world).
PEN American Literary award - The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between by Hisham Matar - This award has many categories, the featured title is the winner for a book-length work of any genre for its originality, merit, and impact.
The Rathbones Folio Award - The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between by Hisham Matar - The Rathbones Folio award iis open to all works of literature written in English and published in the UK.
Stella Prize - The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose - The Stella Prize is a major literary award celebrating Australian women’s writing given by an organization that champions cultural change.
The Upper School library may not carry one or more of the award winning books listed above but you can add them to your holiday wish list - or pick out another title to read during the shorter days of fall.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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?
This week's Featured Books are selected from the Upper School's Library's Bathroom Bookmarks - The Sequel. Recommendations from teachers and staff have been distributed throughout each of the school's restrooms and include a a wide range of genres including dystopian science fiction, Canadian literature, crime novels, Young Adult and non-fiction.
These are are just some recommendations, The Upper School Library has over 13,000 books available (as well as titles in languages other than English), DVD's, CD's and a large selection of research and college prep materials. If you are looking for something to read over the upcoming break, try one of the many recommended titles from Bathroom Books - The Sequel - or come in and select one, or more for yourself, there are plenty of titles ferom which to choose.
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.
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."