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MS/US library books unavailable from June 10


We will begin packing up the MS/US fiction (M and YA sections), nonfiction books, adult fiction books, and foreign language books on June 10 to move them upstairs in the cafeteria for the HUB construction. All student library books will be due on June 6th, so there will be no more student checkouts to affect the timing. Please plan ahead if you will need books for MS/US classes (or yourself) during the last two weeks of school and over the summer.

The elementary section of the library will be moved at some point in the fall, so those books are available to teachers through the end of the school year.


Deleting old textbooks from your classrooms – reminder

If you want to get rid of/delete old textbooks from your classrooms, they MUST come to the library first if they have a barcode. We have to delete them from the school inventory. We have carts you may borrow if you have more than a handful of textbooks to bring down to the library.

You can begin bringing in old textbooks on Monday, May 20. The last day to bring us old textbooks is Monday, May 27. We will bring the deleted textbooks over to the PAC for decluttering on Tuesday, May 28.


tons of nonfiction books available in the library

There are many nonfiction books that have been weeded out (withdrawn) from the library that may be of interest to teachers, TAs, and other personnel in the school. These books are all in English and written for older students and adults. Come on down to the library!

Access to Financial Times

Trying to access Financial Times but it says you need a login? Here are the steps to register:

  1. Go to
  2. Type in Nanjing International School in the ‘Check if my school has access’ section.
  3. Select ‘get access’.
  4. Type in your school email and select ‘Submit’.
  5. Your school’s custom sign up link will then be sent to your school email. Click on the link and fill in the registration form while on the school WiFi and using your school email.

Questions? Ask Mrs. Romero in the library.

Known issues with Follett Destiny app on phones for checkout/checkin

There have been issues with scanning student IDs and textbook barcodes with the Follett Destiny app on teacher phones where the student and/or the textbook is “not found,” which is a pain. The solution from Follett is to reprint all IDs and barcodes and rebarcode all textbooks. That is not currently an option (unless you want to see what a nervous breakdown looks like). A more feasible workaround is to type in student ID numbers or names instead of scanning the ID, and typing in the textbook barcode instead of scanning it.

Do not include any letter when typing in student ID numbers or barcodes…just the numbers themselves. Please ask if you have any questions or issues, and we are looking into our options.

Book sets for Lit Circles and/or Book Clubs

Did you know we have well over 50 different sets of chapter books (usually 5-6 per set) that teachers can check out to use in their classes for Lit Circles, reading groups, or book clubs? Where is this treasure trove, do you ask? Why, in the library Resource Room (the room behind my office). All are welcome to explore, be you PYP, MYP, or DP.


APA Referencing posters for your classroom

Here are 7 A4 posters with examples on how to cite (both in-text and as a reference) various sources. We have permission from USCSEA to use them. I’ve found them very useful for students to look at.

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APA referencing WEBSITE-1nl4khz

APA referencing VIDEO-2gum8a1

APA referencing PODCAST-15i2bi4

APA referencing NEWSPAPER-1nwqzd2

APA referencing JOURNAL ARTICLE – edited-1om9wgx

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ILA Literacy Glossary link

The International Literacy Association has compiled a glossary of literacy terms as a living document, to be constantly updated and refined, to make the terms clear to a general population of teachers as well as literacy practitioners. Terms range from “diphthong” to “instructional reading level” to “prosody” and more. Not sure what exactly those words mean? Check out the glossary!

4 Free downloadable posters celebrating mighty women

Click on the link for 4 free downloadable posters of Maya Angelou, Marie Curie, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Frida Kahlo. The blog itself has great information for raising/teaching strong girls.

Free downloadable posters of STEM role models

Nevertheless, a podcast about women in technology, has created eight free downloadable posters about STEM role models from around the world — each featuring the artwork of a female artist. The women featured serve as amazing role models in their fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (or STEM as it’s often referred to).

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