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Whether you want to know if the right word for this season is autumn or fall, or when to use further or farther or familiarize yourself with the meanings of words like 'cattywampus' and the origins of 'gardyloo' - checkout Meriam-Webster.co. at https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/see all. Of course, the site is a great resource for looking up the meaning of specific words, but it also provides some fun and interesting facts about where/when words originated as well as word games, thesaurus, vocabulary builder and 'words of the day and week' lists (this week includes 'finsta' and 'culmination'). Have a browse and have some word fun.
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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Our ZIS US Library
The Upper School Library is a well-used and flexible space for students and teachers to collaborate. Small tables for independent study and larger areas for small groups allow for the space to serve a variety of purposes. The main space can also be cleared for delivering lessons to small groups or whole classes.
Throughout the year, displays containing new books, books based on particular themes, and a mobile display wall are positioned outside the library to provide information about library themes and areas of interest and inquiry. Two large screen televisions are also updated with content to share images of events and pieces of information that reinforce information literacy throughout the year. Finally, the library home page LibGuide offers updated content throughout the month for new books and high interest topics.
The Upper School Library is an inviting learning space open to the whole ZIS community.
The library has an ever-growing collection of over 13,000 print books,
Staff are on hand to help with reader advisory.
Self-Check Out Stations make for quick and easy service for our library patrons
Magazines, ebooks, databases and DVDs offer quality information and entertainment.
A wide selection of both fiction and non-fiction as well as titles in languages other than English.
The physical learning environment encourages individual and group studying (with proper social distancing),
A place for researching and reading,
It is also an inviting area for table-top gaming.
The library is also a central location to meet with friends.
Librarian and volunteers are available to assist with research skills and other information needs.
Upper School Librarian Peter Jacobson with library volunteers Leigh Williams and Kevin Ostroske.
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The ZIS Upper School Library has been busy ordering, cataloging and shelving its new books since the beginning of the school year. There are a variety of genres: from Fiction, Non-Fiction, Graphic Novels to Reference and Resource materials. A sample of the new books are below. Come in and browse the shelves or use the digital catalog to find a new read.
The US government and big business teamed up to build dams and bridges across the American West. A band of individuals teamed up to prevent it happening. In this chaotic comedy their aim is to dismantle the machinery of progress through peaceful means, or otherwise, and to hell with the consequences.
When DJ ParSec (Paris Secord), rising star of the local music scene, is found dead over her turntables, the two girls who found her, Kya (her pre-fame best friend) and Fuse (her current chief groupie) are torn between grief for Paris and hatred for each other--but when the lack of obvious suspects stalls the investigation, and the police seem to lose interest, despite pressure from social media and ParSec's loyal fans, the two girls unite, determined to find out who murdered their friend.
As the chief financial officer of Iran Power, Indian expat Ayan Pathak enjoys the finer things in life—high-end clubs, skiing in the sacred and dramatic Alborz mountains, and languid weekends on the Caspian Sea with his beautiful girlfriend, an airline pilot who sympathizes with radical leftists in her native Germany. The year is 1977, a time just before the Iranian Revolution, which saw the overthrow of Iran’s pro-Western monarchy in favor of an Islamic theocracy led by Ayatollah Khomeini.
When Kumiko's well-meaning adult daughters place her in an assisted living home the seventysix-year-old widow gives it a try, but it's not where she wants to be. She goes on the lam and finds a cosy bachelor apartment, keeping the location secret even while communicating online with her eldest daughter. Kumiko revels in the small, daily pleasures: decorating as she pleases, eating what she wants, and swimming in the community pool. But something has followed her from her former residence - Death's shadow. Kumiko's sweet life is shattered when Death's shadow swoops in to collect her. With her quick mind and sense of humor, Kumiko, with the help of friends new and old, is prepared for the fight of her life. But how long can an old woman thwart fate?
Argues that humans are wired to tell stories, and that storytelling ensures survival by providing a way to navigate complex moral and social problems, but that some stories can be dangerous to society.
Expressing painful emotions is hard--yet it can actually improve our mental and physical health. Distinguished psychologist James W. Pennebaker has spent decades studying what happens when people take just a few minutes to write about deeply felt personal experiences or problems. This lucid, compassionate book has introduced tens of thousands of readers to an easy to use self help technique that has been proven to heal old emotional wounds, promote a sense of well being, decrease stress, improve relationships, and boost the immune system. Updated with findings from hundreds of new studies, the significantly revised second edition now contains practical exercises to help readers try out expressive writing. It features extensive new information on specific health benefits, as well as when the approach may not be helpful.
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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.
Although the Upper School Library carries over 13,000 items to read, listen to or watch, the Zentralbibliotek Zurich is the city and cantonal library and offers a much wider selection - from popular literature, travel guides and self-help books to biographies, crime thrillers, DVDs and sound recordings. The ZB's five Special Collections – Graphics, Manuscripts, Maps, Music and Old Prints - boast a wealth of historical and current archives, bequests, image and sound documents.
For information about how to access materials in the Zentralbibliotek Zurich or register as a card-holder please see Mr. Browning in the Upper School library.
NHS Study Center in the Library
As the this year's academic workload starts to 'ramp-up', remember that the National Honors Society is here to assist.
The NHS would like to remind you that the Study Center (in the library) continues to be open.
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!
Tutoring in the Study Center is available every day at luncha and afternoon flex as well as after school Mondays from 1600 to 1700 and Wednesdays from 1450 to 1550. On Tuedays and Thursdays tutoring locations change in order to be supported by ZIS faculty - Maths and Sciences will be held in room 220. English, Social Studies, and Languages will be conducted in room 222. Tutoring session on Tuesdays and Thursdays are held from 1600 to 1700.
The ZIS chapter of the National Honors Society hopes to see you if you need any help!
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.
Want to visit a beautiful library but are unable due to travel restrictions? CNN Style has complied a list of the world's most beautiful libraries you can visit electronically. From Holland to the Czech Republic, South Korea to China, Venice, Italy, Baltimore, US and Oxford, UK, these libraries not only hold the history of knowledge but are wonders of architecture and design.
Closer to home - The Abbey Library of St. Gallen, located on the Southwest edge of the Bodensee, is worth the visit. This Baroque hall was built between 1758 and 1767 under the direction of Peter Thumb, an Austrian architect from Bregenzerwald. Changing exhibitions of the valuable manuscripts and unique documents stored in the library's archives leave a lasting impression of the spiritual and cultural life of St. Gallen's abbey. Besides the volumes of historical books and exhibits, a unique aspect of this library is that visitors are provided slippers to ensure the original wood flooring remain protected.
. Abbey Library of St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland