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Overview

The Middle School Library is central to the learning focus of the school and serves the whole community.

Each campus has a library and its own online catalog, which can be searched individually or as a group, using the Follett Destiny software -- see zis.ch.

Digital resources are shared between the campuses, using the Libguides toolkit -- see libguides.zis.ch.

eBooks and Audiobooks

Digital Resources: Links / Logins / Passwords

Need a login or password for a database or subscription service?

See Subscriptions using 'zis' login pswd.

Research Central

 

At Research Central you will find the ZIS collection of Libguides designed to help you with all of your research needs and so much more.

 

Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books (BOB) is a reading challenge for our Middle School students meant to inspire a love of reading.  Students form teams, read the selected books, and compete in a friendly game-style competition with other Swiss International Schools.  Visit the library to find out more and to get started reading this year's books.

What's Happening in the Library

Banned Books:

At ZIS we encourage students to read broadly in an effort to develop empathetic and open-minded readers.  The freedom to read is a privilege, and one we don’t take lightly.  These past few weeks we have featured books in our collection that have been challenged or banned in libraries around the world.  These books include: The Diary of Anne Frank, Harry Potter, Animal Farm, Captain Underpants, Charlotte's Web, and more.   This has led to a lively discussion on the importance of freedom of information and students’ rights as young readers.  We also discussed the importance of involving parents in our reading choices in order to tackle challenging issues together as a family.

Petastic:  We are featuring books about pets and animals.  Students are encouraged to take a selfie reading with their pet or favorite stuffed animal.  All participants will be entered into a drawing for a free book from the library.  Please encourage your reader to enter.

 

Upcoming Events:  

For October we will be exploring Science Fiction as well as books that feature bugs, zombies, paranormal activity and mysteries.

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Book Suggestions

These are some popular titles currently in our library.  Come in and check some out.

 

Battle of the Books 2021.2022

Amari and the Night Brothers

"Weaves magical whimsy with honest, realistically portrayed circumstances, allowing Amari's literal #BlackGirlMagic to shine." - Kirkus Reviews

Rick

As they did in their groundbeaking novel George, award-winning author Alex Gino explores here what it means to search for our own place in the world.

Song for a Whale

Twelve-year-old Iris and her grandmother, both deaf, drive from Texas to Alaska armed with Iris's plan to help Blue-55, a whale unable to communicate with other whales.

A Good Kind of Trouble

"A timely, funny, and unforgettable debut about friendship, facing your fears, and standing up for what's right." - Kirkus Reviews

Alone

This harrowing middle grade debut novel-in-verse from a Pushcart Prize–nominated poet tells the story of a young girl who wakes up one day to find herself utterly alone in her small Colorado town.

Turtle Boy

This is a powerful story of hope and friendship. Exploring self-image, family and grief, this book will make you laugh and cry.

Shirley & Jamila Save Their Summer

The mystery of the missing gecko turns Shirley and Jamila's summer upside down. And when their partnership hits a rough patch, they have to work together to solve the greatest mystery of all: What it means to be a friend.

All Thirteen

A unique account of the amazing Thai cave rescue told in a heart-racing, you-are-there style that blends suspense, science, and cultural insight.

Teacher Librarian

Welcome to the Middle School Library online.  I'm looking forward to working closely with you as you continue to grow as a reader and as you explore all the wonderful resources we have to offer.   

Linda Maley

Middle School Teacher-Librarian, Kilchberg

lmaley@zis.ch

Here's what I'm currently reading:

The Cat I Never Named:  A True Story of Love, War and Survival by Amra Sabic-El-Rayess

Ground Zero by Alan Gratz

We Dream of Space by Erin Entrada Kelly

Battle of the Books 2021.2022

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