Friday, September 30, 2011

Book Depository

Thanks, Ben, for alerting us to Book Depository now accepting Singapore dollars.

More worrying was the news in the summer that Amazon had bought Book Depository. (God forbid we lose our free shipping option....)

Minutes from our Sep 15, 2011, general network meeting

Click here to read the minutes of our last meeting on Sep 15, 2011.

Participate in our Google Group

Our Google Group is a mailing list that allows us to easily send messages to each other. 
Anyone can join.  It's free.

Once you've joined, you can send messages to the group by using this email address:

Many of you are NOT yet members of this group.

The trick is that you have to have a Google Account, which doesn't necessarily mean you have to have a Gmail account.

I just sent out a notice to everyone currently a member of the Google Group which will have the Subject Heading "You ARE a member of  ISLN@GOOGLEGROUPS.COM".

If you didn't get such an email, then you need to join the group.  See the link below.

Google Groups
International Schools of Singapore -- Library Network
Join this group

Remember to join ISLN!

Membership fees for 2011-2012 are now due. 

Click here to read about the benefits of membership and to download the PDF form to fill out.

Or download the PDF directly here.

Remember, if your school joins ISLN, all staff members from your school will receive the discount price for attending professional development events like the SAS Children's Literature Conference -- and Hands on Literacy.

Get involved in ISLN

SAS Children's Literature Conference - Feb 2012

Here's the slideshow Nancy Johnson presented at our last network meeting about the inaugural  Children's Literature Conference the Singapore American School is hosting 17-19  February 2012.

Anyone interested in joining their committee should contact either Nancy Johnson or Kate Brundage.

Special guest authors/illustrators:

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Red Dot children's choice book awards

Click on each below to see the 2012 short-lists in our GoodReads account.
Books can be sourced in a variety of ways.  In Singapore there is Kinokuniya, Bookaburra, Littered with Books, Popular Books, etc.  Online you can order books via Book Depository (UK) and Follett Titlewave (USA) -- which are more economical than Amazon (which charges shipping per book).

All school libraries in Singapore  -- and the region --
are welcome to participate.  

Voting will be from March 7-14, 2012, 
and the winners will be announced on Saturday, March 17th.

The Readers Cup will be in May.

Go to for ongoing information.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
A recent article that highlights some local bookstores I haven't been to yet -- but intend to seek out.
BooksActually, No. 9 Yong Siak St., Singapore.
Woods in the Books, 58 Club St., Singapore.
Littered With Books, 20 Duxton Rd., Singapore.
Pigeonhole, 52/53 Duxton Rd., Singapore.

Littered with Books is the bookshop that Nancy Johnson and Kate Brundage were recommending at the last network meeting -- and the bookstore which will be supplying the books for their upcoming children's literature conference in February.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Fwd: Invitation to Kids Read

From: Phoebe Kao <>
Date: Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 1:18 PM
Subject: Invitation to Kids Read

Greetings from Tianjin! This is Phoebe again from Tianjin International School (Tianjin China). 

As the organizer of the 2011-2012 Kids Read event, I'd like to extend a personal invitation to you and your students. Kids Read is a literature competition focusing on recreational reading. Middle School students in grades 6-8 (or Years 7-9 if following IB curriculum) work in team of 4 to answer 100 questions in 10 different categories. The purpose of Kids Read is to foster students' love for reading through recreational reading and ultimately turn them into lifelong readers. You can find the practice questions that Nadine Rosevear (International School of Beijing) has generously shared with all of us on She will keep posting new questions on the wiki. Everyone is welcome to share the questions with all of us.

Unlike BoB, Kids Read does not provide students with a list of titles to read from, however, that's exactly the best part about it. We simply encourage our students to read so they can broaden their horizons. It may seem hard to approach it at first, but since there is really not a way to "prepare" them for the competition, we can just enjoy the fun without the pressure. 

The event of this year is scheduled to take place on March 9, 2012. Tianjin is not far from Beijing, the capital city of China. Tianjin was one of the earliest treaty ports opened to foreign trade and it still keeps traces of foreign concessions. Those architectures add an exotic flavor to today's Tianjin, 6th largest and fast-growing. If you can make it, I can arrange some sightseeing activities on Saturday if that's when you are planning on leaving.  You can send in your registration anytime, but in order to facilitate the planning, it will be a tremendous help if you can let me know as soon as you decide to attend. Feel free to email me or Nadine ( if you have any question. 

It is my sincere hope to see you at the 2011-2012 Kids Read China Finals in Tianjin. 


Phoebe Kao
Head Librarian
Tianjin International School
Tianjin, China
86-22-8371-0900 ext. 304

Eric Walters available in January

Eric Walters is visiting CIS on January 18 and 19, 2012.  He also has two additional days available during the week to visit other schools.

Information about Eric can be found on his website. If you're interested in booking him, e-mail him at:

Because of his background he can offer a number of different presentations during his visit.

Eric's words:

I've been presenting for so many years, with so many books, and with a
teaching background, that I end up doing many, many different presentations
and workshops.  I can present very specific topics that are grade sensitive
from grades 2 - 12, as well as doing workshops on the writing process, and
evening presentations for parents.  Generally I can do up to four
presentations in a day and the audience can be up to 200 in size - although
with workshops it's better to be around 50.  This often 'morphs' into
something different depending on what the school wants or needs.  Generally
- and this probably my teaching background - I work to be flexible around
presentation length, size of audience, travel between presentations, eating
lunch with students to discuss their writer or the writing process -
basically everything.  I bring all my own equipment including computer, data
projector and sound system.  I consider myself an 'employee' of the school
for that day and work to fit into the scheduling demands of the school and
the needs of the students.

My usual fee for a day of presentations is $925.00 (inclusive with no taxes)
and that can be split between schools if I split the day between schools.
My expectations for travel costs and accommodation are always economy and

If your 'community' of schools also including Hong Kong or Thailand or Hong
Kong I would be thrilled to fit these in.  My last big trip in your
direction was to Japan - a wonderful trip - and I could certainly provide my
contact, Richie, as a reference.

It would be wonderful to make this work!  Thanks for your interest and I
hope to hear from you soon.


Shared by Sarah Torrible at CIS

Saturday, September 24, 2011

John Danalis available November 30

JOHN DANALIS - NOVEMBER 30 (and surrounds)
John Danalis is the author several books including the award-winning picture book Schumann the Shoeman and the non-fiction Riding the Black Cockatoo - John's personal story of opening his eyes to Indigenous Australian history and current issues, which is a GCSE text.

Feedback from John's visit to Singapore earlier this year:

John is visiting a school in Jakarta and can extend his trip to include other nearby countries. Day fees start at AUD$750 for 3 x 60min sessions.

If you're interested in having John visit your schools, please e-mail Esther.

Esther Kennedy
Booked Out Agency

ph. 03 9824 0177
PO Box 580, South Yarra, VIC, 3141
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John Danalis - Youtube

Alice Pung available October 24

Alice Pung is author of Unpolished Gem, editor of Growing Up Asian in Australia and has just released a biography of her father's experiences in Cambodia, Her Father's Daughter, which has been met with fantastic reviews already.

She will be in Singapore for the Writers Festival and is available on Monday 24th October to visit schools. Alice can give general author talks, talks about her books and the themes in her books and also writing workshops (particularly focussing on writing from own experience).

Alice's sessions start from AUD$650 all inclusive and I'm happy to provide a specialised quote for a combination of talks and workshops etc.

Please contact Esther if you are interested in having her visit your school. 

Esther Kennedy
Booked Out Agency

ph. 03 9824 0177
PO Box 580, South Yarra, VIC, 3141
Visit our news page for all the latest.

Submit an enquiry online.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Red Dot Shortlists?

The Red Dot Shortlists for 2011-2012 are very close to being finalized.

A new website has been set up and will be filled in as soon as the titles are confirmed.  If you go there now, you will find links to the short-lists in process.

When it's ready to be revealed to the world, the URL will be edited to point to it.  (Right now it still goes to the old one.)

Young Readers Club

Experiences & Experiments Pte Ltd publishes a bi-monthly Young Reader Club magazine, which was launched in 2010.

Directed towards a young audience, it carries issues and views of young individuals for the 10 to 16 year old audience. YRC features themes fo each issue which include redefining disability, environment, history & heritage, cultural diversity, and the value of giving, among others. Because our mission is to nurture the next generation of writers, our mian features are stories from selected young authors in Singapore who have grown personally an professionally through the craft of writing.

Experiences & Experiments is also the organiser of two prestigious awards, the Young Author Award, and the DigiTales Award, endorsed by the Media Development Authority (MDA), National Library Board (NLB), the Book Council (NBDCS) and the Singapore Book Publishers Association (SBPA). Top prizes include a publishing contract as well as cash prizes.

Catherine Khoo
Managing Director, Janus Education
Publisher, Experiences & Experiments Books
Founder, Young Author Club

Librarian Results from Learning 2.011 in Shanghai, Sep 8-10

The librarian cohort of the conference was led by Ann Krembs and all our notes were gathered in a wikispace - L2Librarians:

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Ann Krembs <>
Date: Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 10:46 AM
Subject: L2Librarians

Dear Fellow Librarians,

I had such a great weekend meeting and sharing with you. Are you all buzzing with ideas just like me? I bet! Now to find the time...we forgot about that one! Although we did discuss some great timesavers.

Anyway, I wanted to write to let you know I've attempted to organize the notes from each of our sessions. Please feel free to add or change anything. On a personal/professional note I have joined SILCAsia and ECIS! Oh, and yesterday I also joined Library 2.0. Did you know they will be having an online conference across the timezones in November (12 and 13)? It looks very interesting:

 Again, I was really happy to meet all of you. I have been energized by our time together. 

Have a great week! And stay in touch...


-- Submitted by Katie Day, UWCSEA East

Fwd: Library: 2nd Shanghai Librarians Network Symposium - 5 November 2011 Registration is now open!

Posted on the ECIS iSkoodle forum for librarians:

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Fiona Collins <>
Date: Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 12:15 PM
Subject: Library: 2nd Shanghai Librarians Network Symposium - 5 November 2011 Registration is now open!

Picture of Fiona Collins
2nd Shanghai Librarians Network Symposium - 5 November 2011 Registration is now open!
by Fiona Collins - Wednesday, 31 August 2011, 04:35 AM

2nd Shanghai Librarians' Symposium 2011

November 4th-6th

Western International School of Shanghai
This year's theme:   Make and Take…
Last year's Symposium was a great success and from the feedback, librarians wanted MORE! So this year we are restructuring based upon the feedback and giving more time to each session, offering workshops more than 1 time. Everyone will have 2 opportunities to attend a workshop as well as attend some open sessions of "Show me how to…"
We have two highly experienced and inspiring Librarians leading the Symposium this time:
Karen Gockley from ISB, Beijing will be leading a workshop on "How to Get Your Next Job: Tips and insights to prepare yourself for getting that next great job!" and

Dianne McKenzie from Discovery College, Hong Kong will be looking at "Copyright, copyleft, creative commons, public domain, fair use, attribution, permissions, - do these words confuse you about what is required when students do their work?
Our goal is that you come to the workshop, make something and take it home on Monday ready to use!
Registration is open now! The symposium fee (55 Euro) includes attendance of the Symposium on Saturday 5th November, all refreshments, lunch and the Symposium Dinner on the Saturday evening.
There will be an optional dinner and pre-conference session on Friday evening and School Library visits on Sunday morning.
Please visit the Symposium Wiki, for more information on how to register and make payment.
We look forward to seeing you at the symposium!


Organising Committee
Barbara Boyer
Fiona Collins
Marion van Engelen

TeachIT: Saturday, Nov. 19th

Saturday November 19th is TeachIT 2011 - Singapore’s premier IT training event FOR teachers BY teachers.

A biennial event – TeachIT 2011 is being hosted by Tanglin Trust School on Saturday 19th November. The TeachIT organising committee invites teachers from all international schools to present and / or attend workshops focused on using technology in the classroom.

With over 300 people attending TeachIT 2009, the success of the day depends on YOU, the teachers, and your eagerness to share with your colleagues how you are using technology in the classroom.

Check out the main event website here or go straight to the presenter sign-up site here.

Sign-up for normal attendees will open in early October - watch this space for more details.

Your school's IT director should also have information.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Kids Read China Finals, Feb. 2012

You and your students are invited to join the 2011-2012 Kids Read China Finals, a literature competition for middle schools students. Kids Read is our very own reading initiative, thanks to the effort of Nadine Rosevear, the MS Librarian of International School of Beijing (ISB), China, back in 2009. This year's event will be held at Tianjin International School (TIS) on February 24, 2012 at their brand new campus.

Please visit the following wiki to learn more about the event and to read questions from the past competitions. These will be great resources to start up your own reading group and to start practicing. The wiki has a question bank and members are invited to add and share their own questions on books to this resource. It will also serve as a communication tool between international schools in China to share ideas on how to promote the KIDS READ program.

For more information, please send an e-mail to Phoebe Kao ( ) who will be the event organizer this school year.