Welcome Back

It’s a new school year and we’ve got a new library space for you! Come by the library today and check out all of the changes.

More Space: By deleting dated materials from the collection, we were able to remove several shelves and open up more space. Now we have a dedicated secondary space in the back for study hall students as well as classes, plus a wider elementary space in the front for reading and whole group instruction.

Japanese Nook: We’ve got a Japanese nook with the Japanese language books and three couches which is reserved throughout the week for our Japanese class visits as well as any other mother tongue classes. When it’s not being used for studying Nihongo, anyone can settle in and enjoy.

New Hours: The library will be open from 8-5 Monday through Thursday and 8-4:30 on Fridays. As always, you’re welcome before and after school, during break and lunch. Come by today to check out a book.

New Picture Book Shelves: Our new record style shelving means it’s easier to see the covers and explore our picture book section. Come in for a shuffle through; you might discover something new!

Of course, some things will stay the same:

Food in the library: Snacks and small lunches from home are okay. Full cafeteria meals need to be eaten in the cafeteria.

Sakura Medal Books: They’re here! We’re processing brand new Sakura medal books. Check in this week to see when they’re ready for you to take home.

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A big thanks to our student helpers, without whom we couldn’t have made these exciting changes happen.


WordUp! 2016

Word Up March 2016-3-XLThe library is happy to have hosted YIS’s first spoken word poetry event, WordUp! 2016, on Thursday March 17th. It was a powerful evening of sharing a mixture of original pieces and personal favorites.

Thank you to to Adina, Ms. Barbour & Ms. Katy, Mr. Stanworth, Juna, Sam, Aru & Sukran, Vivien, Mr. Snowball and Mr. Clark.  It takes a lot of courage to perform, and you should all be proud of your efforts.

We hope to see you (and many others?) reprise your performances at STITCH 2K16 on April 28th.


Research: Quoting, Paraphrasing & Summarizing

Photo “Writing? Yeah” by Flickr user Caleb Roenigk under CC BY 2.0

Take more effective notes by sharpening your paraphrasing and summarizing skills. The Purdue University Online Writing Lab has an excellent set of resources to help you improve your skills.

Want some extra examples? Check out this presentation below for tips and tricks for quoting, paraphrasing and summarizing.

Upcoming Visit: Naomi Shihab Nye


The library will be hosting Naomi Shihab Nye, a renowned Palestinian-American poet, essayist and educator,from Wednesday January 20- Friday January 22.  While she is here, she will conduct writing workshops with students as well as give a community wide poetry reading on Friday from 4-5 pm.

Naomi Shihab Nye describes herself as a “wandering poet.” A poet, song-writer and novelist, she has spent 40 years traveling the country and the world to lead writing workshops and inspiring students of all ages. Nye was born to a Palestinian father and an American mother and grew up in St. Louis, Jerusalem, and San Antonio. Drawing on her Palestinian-American heritage, the cultural diversity of her home in Texas, and her experiences traveling in Asia, Europe, Canada, Mexico, and the Middle East, Nye uses her writing to attest to our shared humanity.

Naomi Shihab Nye is the author and/or editor of more than 30 volumes. Her books of poetry include 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East , A Maze Me: Poems for Girls, Red Suitcase, Words Under the Words, Fuel, and You & Yours (a best-selling poetry book of 2006). She is also the author of Mint Snowball, Never in a Hurry, I’ll Ask You Three Times, Are you Okay? Tales of Driving and Being Driven(essays); Habibi and Going Going (novels for young readers); Baby Radar and Sitti’s Secrets (picture books) and There Is No Long Distance Now (a collection of very short stories). Other works include several prize-winning poetry anthologies for young readers.  Her collection of poems for young adults entitled Honeybee won the 2008 Arab American Book Award in the Children’s/Young Adult category. Her new novel for children, The Turtle of Oman, was chosen both a Best Book of 2014 by The Horn Book and a 2015 Notable Children’s Book by the American Library Association. The Turtle of Oman was also awarded the 2015 Middle East Book Award for Youth Literature.

We hope you enjoy her visit to YIS!

Evaluating Your Sources

Is your source CRAAP?

When you’re conducting research for school (or for personal reasons), make sure to evaluate your sources of information for

  • Currency: the timeliness of the information
  • Relevance: the importance of the information for your needs
  • Authority: the source of the information
  • Accuracy: the reliability, truthfulness and correctness of the content
  • Purpose: the reason the information exists

The Meriam library from California State University Chico designed this evaluation tool to help you decide if your sources are good enough to use in your final product. Grade 8 science students, share a resource you’ve evaluated on these spreadsheets:

Make sure to add details for each category as well as a final 1-5 star rating. 1 star means this resource is completely unreliable and 5 stars means it’s perfect, reaching the highest levels of reliability for each category.

Do you use Wikipedia in your research? It’s a great resource to start your research, but you shouldn’t use it as a source in your final products. Watch this CLIP video to learn why it’s not something to include on your works cited list but you can use for academic research.

Book character crush

We all admire or idolize people from real life. But how often do you stop to think that there are characters in books on whom we have a crush. This is what the library tried to find out from our MS students and staff for Valentine’s Day . They came up with a whole range of characters with Harry Potter trailing behind Dolby who is admired for being smart, courageous, loyal and “short like me”.


Digital Citizenship Week

This week February 4-8, 2013 at YIS, we will be running the Digital Citizenship Week throughout the whole school. Each day we will be focusing on a different concept of Digital Citizenship.

If you would like to learn more about Digital Citizenship, please check the links below:
What is Digital Citizenship?
9 Elements of Digital Citizenship


Digital Citizenship Week Layout in Elementary School – Parent Resources

  • Thursday- Reflection: Try to take a moment and think about how technology affects your life, take notes and reflect on your learning this week.
  • Friday- Possibilities: Attend the  elementary school assembly and be a part of the Digital Citizenship week, see what your kids think about being responsible Digital Citizens.