Monthly Archives: January 2016

EC in the Library

EC students are inquiring into making observations and stories.  They had a chance to put the two strands together in the library this week.

A bulbul fledgling, rescued by some teachers’ children, has been cared for in the library for about two weeks.  The EC children watched it for about a minute.


Children then said what they’d seen and heard – fluttering wings, twittering, a yellow bottom.  Ms. Karen answered questions about feeding and caring for the bird.


EC kids were then transfixed by a story about a young mole who rescued a baby bird and struggled with whether to keep it as a pet or release it.

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Some EC children agreed that letting the bird fly free was the best thing to do.   Some said they would have liked to keep the bird.   We agree.   But the library bird will be released in about a week, once it is flying and eating independently.



Visiting Author John Coy

John Coy, the author of 14 books, will be with the IST Elementary and Secondary community for a full week in February 2016, from the 1st to the 5th.  He visits Elementary from Wednesday-Friday.

John has written picture books and chapter books, often featuring sports as a theme.  His picture book, Hoop Genius, tells the true story of a desperate PE teacher who invented the game of basketball in 1891 to calm a rowdy PE class.

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His book, Night Driving, based on drives John took with his dad, tells the story of late night talks on the road, between father and son.

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John’s chapter books are a series about “four friends who are nuts about sports and the challenges they face on and off the field. The series of four books spans the time from the spring of their fifth-grade year, through the summer, and into middle school. Each book focuses on a different sport: baseball, soccer, football, and basketball.”

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Please find more about John and his books on his website.  Some books will be on sale in the Elementary library, from Wednesday – Friday, Feb. 3 – Feb. 5, and there will be a book-signing session in the library, from 11-11:40, on Friday, Feb. 5.

John will meet with every Elementary class during his visit, reading from his books, sharing his own writing process, and emphasizing various elements of the students’  writing processes.

Please note, John regularly offers sessions to fathers, on how important dads are in helping their children develop a love of reading.  He’s offering this session, to Elementary and Secondary dads, from 7:20-8:10 on Thursday, Feb. 4, in the Elementary library.

John will have visited the International School of Uganda before arriving in Dar, and goes on to the International Community School in Addis Ababa and the American International School in Abuja, Nigeria.  Many thanks to the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA) for their travel grant and assistance in setting up this visit.

Nile Book Awards

IST is participating in the Nile Book Awards for the first time this year. This is an award that has been organised by librarians at 5 African schools, given to 2 books (among 8) which are voted as the best of the bunch by students.

Please watch the video for more information, and stop by the library to begin your reading.