Upcoming Library Events

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Preview of 2019-2020 Multicultural Book Club:

 

Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 8:30am-9:30am

in the ISB Learning Commons

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

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Thursday, January 16, 2020, evening

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Women’s Work: A Reckoning with Work and Home by Megan K. Stack

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Another Country by James Baldwin

Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 8:30am-9:30am

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Nilda by Nicholasa Mohr

Tuesday, May 19, 2020, Evening

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Past Events

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  • Zine Mania! Workshops 2019

  • .An after-school workshop series for 4th – 8th graders about zines and zine making led by a diverse group of artists and educators.

 

Alison WilgusMonday, February 4thCollage Comics
Alison Wilgus is a Brooklyn-based writer, editor, and cartoonist. She has worked for Cartoon Network as colorist and staff writer, published two nonfiction graphic novels. She currently co-hosts a podcast about comics publishing called “Graphic Novel TK” with Gina Gagliano.

 

Aatmaja PandyaWednesday, February 27thHalf-letter books

Aatmaja Pandya is a cartoonist and illustrator from New York. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2014 with a BFA Illustration degree. Her current project is Travelogue, a fantasy “diary” comic with a focus on worldbuilding. She likes drawing comics about wizards and video games and surly teens.

 

Elisa Hevia & Hermann MejiaWednesday, April 10thMixed Media Zines

Hermann Mejía is a Brooklyn based visual artist born in Caracas. He was recently featured by the Huffington Post as one of 15 famous Venezuelan artists its readers “should know about”. Before being published and showing work in international galleries, Hermann was part of the street art movement. His distinctive tags and murals decorate street corners and main thoroughfares in Caracas.

Elisa Hevia, Hermman’s wife, is a talented mixed media artist and beloved and Spanish Nursery teacher at ISB.

 

Christina LongMonday, April 22ndAnimated Zines

Christina Long, MFA, has been the Creative Director of #Blkgrlswurld ZINE, a small press that celebrates and documents Women of Color who participate in heavy music genres like Metalcore, Hardcore, Punk and Mathcore. #Blkgrlswurld Zine have been collected by libraries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art P.S. 1, the Schomburg Center for Research On Black Culture, The Barnard Zine Library and Wasted Ink Zine Distro.

 

 

  • Author Visit: Michael Hearst

  • Monday, May 13th

  • As a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and writer, Michael Hearst takes his fascination with extremely specific themes together with his desire to learn as much as he can about almost everything and creates unique books, lyrics, and soundtracks that appeal to children and adults alike. His most recent project is a three-part book series, each book geared toward a different large theme: Curious Constructions, Unusual Creatures, and Extraordinary People.

  • Hearst has performed and given lectures and workshops at universities, museums, and cultural centers around the world. He has toured with The Magnetic Fields, performed with The Kronos Quartet at Carnegie Hall, and has appeared on such shows as NPR’s Fresh Air, A+E’s Breakfast With The Arts, and NBC’s The Today Show. While best known for his solo albums Hearst also a founding member of the band One Ring Zero, whose most recent compilation is The Recipe Project, in which the band has taken recipes from today’s top chefs (Mario Batali, Tom Colicchio, David Chang, etc.), set them to music, and sing them word for word.

 

 

 

Jorge is an author, musician, and architect born in Córdoba, Argentina and living in Mexico. Together with talented illustrators from all over the world, he has created a profound and sensitive body of work that has received numerous awards and distinctions, including a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book award, the ALIJA Poetry Prize for Children, and five Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award nominations. He has published more than 40 books translated into many languages and 8 CDs. Check him out on Facebook, Youtube, Bandcamp, Spotify, and at www.jorgelujan.net! This multilingual event was set in collaboration with Enchanted Lion Books and was attended by 3rd and 4th Graders.

 

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Author / Illustrator Visit: Marc Boutavant

  • Thursday, March 14th 2019

Born in Bourgogne in 1970 and currently living in Paris, Marc is known for his bestselling children’s series Around the World with Mouk as well as his monthly Ariol comic strip in J’aime lire, a magazine for young readers. Both series have been adapted into popular animated TV shows. He has also created several popular puzzles for children.

Several of his works have been translated into English and published in the United States, including Around the World with Mouk, The Day No One was Angry, and Ecology and the Environment: Step-by-Step.   Most recently he illustrated the book Dumpster Dog, written by Colas Gutman and translated from the French by Allison Charette. Dumpster Dog will be published shortly by Enchanted Lion.

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Book Drives

  • Monday, March, 4th – Thursday, March 7th, 2019

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ISB’s Middle School student book club, the Booklets, spearheaded a Book Drive for Project Cicero and Books through Bars from March 5th through the morning of March 9th, 2019.

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Project Cicero is an annual book drive whose mission is to supply under-resourced public schools, homeless shelters, juvenile detention centers, and other public community centers in the NYC area with books. These books are collected through generous donations by communities like ours!

 

Books Through Bars is an organization that collects adult paperback books for people incarcerated in jails around the country. Men and women in our jails have very little access to books. Inmates are not allowed to use the internet and rarely have access to computers. This is why providing them with books is a very important thing to do.

Heroes, Gods & Quests: An ISB Odyssey

  • Friday, February 8th, 2019 from 6–10pm
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On Friday, February 8th, 2019 the ISB Library hosted a one-of-a-kind, a magical evening exploring the world of Greek Mythology exclusively for 4th Graders!

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The Librarians, the Booklets, parent volunteers, teachers, and fantastic guest artists will collaborate to create a magical Greek Mythology themed event in the library and beyond. This special evening immersed the students into the world of Greek Mythology through performances, a workshop with George O’Connor, theater, crafting, storytelling, games and a magnificent Greek feast in our transformed spaces. Wreath crowns were be made, togas were worn, poetry was recited, and Gods and Heroes made appearances!

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Olympians

 

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Author Visit: Gabrielle Balkan

January 14th, 2019

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Gabrielle Balkan, author of Book of Bones: 10 Record-Breaking Animals, 50 Cities of the U.S.A.: Explore America’s Cities with 50 Fact-filled Maps, The 50 States: Fun Facts: Celebrate the People, Places and Food of the U.S.A! among other gorgeous and informative map and activity books came to speak to 3rd and 4th Graders this January. Gabrielle, a local Brooklyn resident, has been writing and editing books for young readers for over 15 years.

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Visit: Bryan Collier

December 11, 2018

The ISB Library hosted Caldecott Honor-winning children’s book author and illustrator Bryan Collier for 1st and 2nd Graders.  Bryan is the recipient of the Coretta Scott King award which recognizes outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience, as well as the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award for Uptown, the first book he both wrote and illustrated. He has collaborated with a number of notable authors including Langston Hughes, Mo Willems, Nikki Grimes, and more. 

Bryan has created art for many award-winning children’s books, including his master achievements, Rosa, Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Freedom River, and John’s Secret Dreams: The Life of John Lennon. Most recently Bryan has illustrated The 5 O’Clock Band, a companion to the award-winning 2017 book Trombone Shorty.

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The New York Times celebrated illustrators of The Forest by Riccardo Bozzi came to ISB to speak (in English and Spanish) to our Kindergarten students about their gorgeous, critically acclaimed work. 

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“Like a fairy-tale walk in the woods, “The Forest” is a thrilling visual excursion into uncharted territory featuring elaborate die-cuts, gatefolds and embossed images created by two artists from Italy and Spain.” -L.M. NYTimes

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  • ISB Multilingual Book Fair

  • Tuesday, November 6th, 8am-4pm
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On Monday, November 5th, from 6:00pm-7:30pm, ISB is hosted its 2nd Annual Book Fair Preview Evening. ISB parents, staff, and alumni parents were invited to enjoy wine, cheese, and conversation while perusing the bounty of shiny new books set to debut at the 14th Annual Multilingual Book Fair.

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The Preview Evening will featured a presentation by ISB parent and writer/translator/curator Violaine Huisman on her novel Fugitive parce que reine, as well as musical stylings by ISB parent and award-winning cellist Jeffrey Zeigler.

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Past 2018-2019 Multicultural Book Club Meetings

 

Multicultural Book Club 2018 – 2019

Library Committee and Diversity Committee are delighted to announce our book club for parents and staff. Contact the librarycommittee@isbrooklyn.org for more information.


May 15
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Hunger by Roxane Gay

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March 13

9:30 – 10:30am in the ISB Library

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

 

Jan 24 (evening)

March [Trilogy] by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell

This special book club meeting took place at 6:30 pm on January 24th in the gym at ISB. The meeting was organized in small student lead discussion groups and was open to students in grades 5-8 and their parents, older siblings, teachers, and staff. The trilogy is available at the ISB school library, public libraries, and in the middle school classrooms.

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October 23

The Book of Emma Reyes: A Memoir by Emma Reyes

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  • Author Visit: Matteo Farinella

    Matteo Farinella combines scientific expertise with a life-long passion for drawing, educational comics, illustrations and animations to make science more clear and accessible. He is the author of Neurocomic (2013), Cervellopoli (2017) and The Senses (2017). His illustrations won the NSF Science Visualization Challenge (2015), and have been featured in exhibitions such as the Society of Illustrators (2015) and STEAM Within the Panels at the AAAS Art gallery (2017). In 2016 Matteo joined Columbia University as a Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience, where he investigates the role of ‘visual narratives’ in science communication. Working with science journalists, educators and cognitive neuroscientists he aims to understand how these tools may affect the public perception of science and increase scientific literacy. If you want to know more about this project please visit cartoonscience.org

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  • Zine Mania! Workshops 2018

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An after-school workshop series for 4th – 8th graders about zines and zine making led by a diverse group of artists and educators.

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  • Thursday, April 5th – Leigh Hurwitz: An Introduction to Zines

School Outreach Librarian with the Brooklyn Public Library and founder of Genderful! A space for kids ages 6-12 and their caregivers to explore gender through art and creativity.

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  • Tuesday, April 17th – Sara Varon: Accordion Zines

Sara Varon is a printmaker, illustrator and author of beloved graphic novels including Robot Dreams, Chicken and Cat, and Odd Duck.

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  • Wednesday, May 2nd – Eliseo Rivera:  Photo Collage Zines

Eliseo Rivera is an artist, tech integrator and photography teacher at Brooklyn Heights Montessori.

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  • Thursday, May 10th – Ayde Rayas: Zine Making With Students from Cooke Academy

Ayde Rayas is Licensed Creative Art Therapist and art educator at Cooke Academy High School for students with special needs.

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Esther K. Smith is the author and designer of HOW TO MAKE BOOKS, Making Books with Kids, and 4 other book arts book. Artistic Director of Purgatory Pie Press, one of the longest running artist/presses she hand-makes limited editions and artist books in NYC, collaborating with the Press’s founder and letterpress printer Dikko Faust, and other artists and writers.

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  • Wednesday, May 30th – Elvis Bakaitis: Biographies // Autobiographies

Elvis Bakaitis is a librarian, cartoonist, author of many zines. They are the co-founder of the NYC Feminist Zinefest and Coordinator at the Lesbian Herstory Archives.

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  • Multicultural Book Club 2017-2018

ISB’s Multicultural Book Club kicked the 2017-18 school year off with a discussion of The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid on Tuesday, October 23 in the Learning Commons.

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Monday, December 11 – PM – Private home

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander

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Tuesday, February 13,  8:30-9:30 am – Learning Commons

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

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Monday, April 16th, 6:00-8:00pm – Private home

Temporary People by Deepak Unnikrishnan

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Tuesday, May 22, 8:30-9:30am – Learning Commons

The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

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Drag Queen Story Hour

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The International School of Brooklyn had the pleasure of hosting Drag Queen Story Hour for Nursery, Pre-K, Kindergarten, First Grade, Second and Third Grade classes on May 7, 2018.

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Drag Queen Story Hour began in San Francisco in 2015, and over the next two years, became a popular event at libraries, schools and community centers throughout New York City as well. The School hosted Angel Elektra, a drag queen who was trained by librarians to read relevant picture books and lead crafts that celebrate all forms of self-expression.

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They have received tremendously positive press, including this write-up in the New York Times

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  • Author Visit: David J. Smith

On Thursday, April 19th, as part of Culture Week, the award winning author David J. Smith presented to the 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades. Smith has been teaching middle and high school English, geography and social studies for over 25 years around the world. He is the author of the following books:

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If– : a mind-bending new way of looking at big ideas and numbers

Presents and illustrates a way to scale down concepts, including space, time, inventions, resources, humanity, and more.

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If the World Were a Village

Breaks down the population of the world into a collection of one hundred representative people and describes what one would find in this global village, covering languages, ages, religions, food, air and water, schooling, and possessions, accompanied by vivid color illustrations.

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This Child, Every Child: a book about the world’s children

Looks at how children live in countries around the world, discusses whether their basic needs for clean air and water, adequate food, health care, and education are being met, and shares stories of individual children.

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  • Author Visit: Emma Otheguy

ISB’s library was honored to host a rising star in the world of Children’s Literature, Cuban-American writer and historian Emma Otheguy. Students were treated to her “Research for Kids” presentation, delivered in English for French students, and for Spanish classes, in their target language. Critics are hailing her debut book, Martí’s Song for Freedom (Martí y sus versos por la libertad), as a “poignant tribute to one of Latin America’s most important historical figures.” In supple, bilingual verse, Otheguy chronicles the life of revered poet and revolutionary José Martí, who kindled the fight for Cuban independence using the power of the pen. Martí’s words remain strikingly relevant today, and his “crusade for justice” is sure to resonate with ISB’s budding political theorists.

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Emma Otheguy, a New York native whose parents emigrated from Cuba, is a former elementary school Spanish teacher and current PhD candidate in History at New York University, focusing on Spain and colonial Latin America. Martí has garnered numerous accolades, having been named a Best Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, and the New York Public Library.

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Movie view: Screenagers

On October 24, 2017, The International School of Brooklyn collaborated with Brooklyn Heights Montessori School to screen Delaney Ruston’s award-winning documentary, “Screenagers” followed by small group discussions with students and parents.

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Fun fact: ISB parent Paul Brill composed the music for the film!

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Do you ever wonder how screen time affects your child’s development? How does social media affect our relationships? Watching this film will not give us all of the answers, but it will open up the conversation. It probes into the corners of family life, starting with Ruston’s family, and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games, academics, and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain, scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.

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ISB Book Fair 2017

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

ISB gym; 192 Luquer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231 Open to the public

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8:00am – 4:00pm, Book Fair!

The 2017 ISB Book took place on Tuesday, November 7, and featured hundreds and hundreds of authentic French and Spanish books for all ages, as well as a curated selection of English titles and multilingual magazine subscriptions. The 2017 vendors were: La Librairie des EnfantsChau Chau LunaStories Bookshop & Storytelling lab, L’ecole des Loisirs, and Bayard/Milan. Visitors young and old enjoyed story-time reading with middle school students in our pop-up Book Nook. In addition to books, ISB gear, including a new ISB library tote bag was available for purchase.

The day also included a book signing with writer/ISB parent Florence Mars and illustrator Pauline Leveque for their new book, “Say Bonjour to the Lady.” A special thanks to Pauline for designing our flyer!

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Author/illustrator Jacques Goldstyn

On Friday, September 15th, 2017, Jacques Goldstyn, Canadian author, illustrator, and geologist extraordinaire mesmerized the 1st grade with his stories and drawing demonstrations in the learning commons. Thanks to the local publishing house, Enchanted Lion, Jacques shared his books, “Bertolt” and the wordless “Letters to a Prisoner.” He showed the students his tools: pencil colors, markers, pens, and a watercolor kit as well as his sketchbook. Students has the opportunity to ask thoughtful questions such as, “Who are they sending the letters to?” “Where are the bees in winter?” and “How do you make a book cover?”

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Here are some reviews about the book:

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Author/illustrator Sandrine Revel with live music from Hanyi Meng

On Monday May, 8th the French author and illustrator, Sandrine Revel, who published a graphic biography, “Glenn Gould” gave a live drawing performance. Hanyi Meng performed Gould’s repertoire on piano while Sandrine drew. Students in Grades 4 – 8  participated and the event from 9 am – 9:50 in the gym.

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About Sandrine Revel:

Sandrine Revel is a prolific French creator of graphic novels. In 2001, she won an award for her work for young readers at the prestigious  Angoulême International Comics Festival. She has published more than ten graphic novels in France as well as a successful line of Children’s comics.  Glenn Gould won her the French Artémisia award, which recognizes female comics creators.

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About the book, “Glenn Gould”:

The biography seeks to understand the eccentric personality behind the persona. Who is the mysterious Glenn Gould? Why did he abruptly end his career as a performing musician?  Why did he become one of Glenn Gould was a Canadian pianist, a child genius who became a worldwide superstar of classical music remembered for, among others, his almost revolutionary interpretations of Bach. This graphic novel the very first of his peers to disappear from the public eye like J.D. Salinger?  Sandrine Revel delves into the life of Gould with hand-painted illustrations and the viewpoint of an adoring fan. 2017 marks a number of important anniversaries for Gould: the 85th of his birth and 35th of his death, but also the 60th of his legendary tour of Russia, a first for a Western artist, and of his debuts with the world’s leading orchestras.

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About Hanyi Meng:

Born in Tianjin, China, Hanyi Meng began her piano studies when she was four. She earned her first international prize at the 6th Asian Youth Music Competition in 2007. A virtuosic pianist with a unique cultural background, Meng is currently exploring the works influenced by traditional Chinese music in Western music genres. She is interested in the intersection of the cultural differences. Meng is currently pursuing her master’s degree at NYU Steinhart with Artist Faculty Alexander

Kobrin. She is the development director at the French-American Piano Society, a non-profit arts organization prompts the cultural exchange between pianist from France and the United States.

This event is made possible by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French-American Piano Society

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  • Literacy Week

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ISB’s Literacy Week is a celebration that aims to highlight the importance of literacy in our lives and education.

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Literacy Week kicked off with the 12th annual Multilingual Book Fair. Book Culture, Bayard-Milan, and l’école des Loisirs/Max Book Club supplied hundreds of high-quality multicultural books, magazines, and games for all ages in French, Spanish, and English. Tables were filled with colorful covers and intriguing titles in a variety of genres! It was delightful to see the enthusiasm on people’s faces as they perused the selection. Students cozied up in the “Book Nook” to read, and Middle School student volunteers read aloud to younger students

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ISB Workshop: “We Need Diverse Books: The Importance of Equal Representation in Children’s Books Panel Discussion with Authors and illustrators Selina Alko and Sean Qualls.”

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On Friday, November 11th, ISB parents and staff, as well as local school librarians, teachers, and neighbors, gathered for the culminating event of ISB’s Literacy Week: a workshop focused on the need for diversity and equal representation in children’s literature. This workshop addressed how we, as parents and educators, can use children’s books to prepare our children for a more global society and foster curiosity, empathy and global citizenship.

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In this workshop, Jill Eisenberg, Senior Literacy Specialist from Lee & Low Books, the largest multicultural children’s book publisher in the country, gave an informative presentation and expertly moderated a panel with Authors/Illustrators Selina Alko & Sean Qualls. Sean, Selina, and Lee & Low are deeply committed to promoting inclusion and diversity. They discussed the lack diversity in children’s literature today and the work that they are currently doing in this field. The panelists then opened the floor to questions from the audience.

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Artist/Illustrator Visit: Hervé Tullet

On September 2016, ISB welcomed internationally renowned artist, illustrator, and writer Hervé Tullet. He led a workshop with our Pre-K through 5th Grade students and kicked off the school year with creativity and collaboration. ISB has many of his more than 30 titles in the Library. Learn more about him by visiting his website. Check out this video of the event by Caleb Cooks:

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Author Visit: Magali Le Huche

French Author/Illustrator Magali Le Huche visited the French Pre-K, 1st Grade, and 2nd Grade classes. Magali read aloud from her book series about Pascal the platypus.

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After the read aloud, the students learned how to draw Pascal themselves.

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Author Visit: Beatrice Alemagna

In October 2015, Beatrice Alemagna read to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Grades in French. She is the author of many beautiful books such as “Le merveilleux dodu velu petit,”, “Che cos’è un bambino?” and many more. She’s won many awards such as the Mildred L. Batchelder Award, Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, Bologna Ragazzi Award honor, among others.

Read more about her here: beatricealemagna.com/

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Author Visit: Adam Gidwitz

In January 2015, we hosted Adam Gidwitz for the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Grades. Adam Gidwitz is the author of the “A Tale Dark and Grimm trilogy”, which was named a New York Times “Editor’s Choice”, a Publishers Weekly “Best Children’s Book of the Year”, a School Library Journal “Best Children’s Book of the Year”, and an ALA “Notable Book”.

Read about the visit: isbrooklyn.org/adam-gidwitz-visits-isb/

Check out the book trailer to get a taste of what his books are all about:

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Author/Illustrator Visit: George O’Connor

In February 2015, George O’Connor visited the 6th, 7th, and 8th Grades. George O’Connor is the author and illustrator of the Olympians graphic novel series. In OLYMPIANS, author & illustrator George O’Connor draws from primary documents to reconstruct and retell classic Greek myths. But these stories aren’t sedate, scholarly works. They’re action-packed, fast-paced, high-drama adventures, with monsters, romance, and not a few huge explosions. O’Connor’s vibrant, kinetic art brings ancient tales to undeniable life, in a perfect fusion of super-hero aesthetics and ancient Greek mythology.
Read more about the series on his website: olympiansrule.com

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Author Visit: Mitali Perkins

During Mitali’s workshop, students learn about the author’s Bengali heritage as featured in her novel Rickshaw Girl, and how the lives of girls in Bangladesh are changing for the better. Her multicultural presentation was multi-sensory, entertaining, and enlightening. Students were transported to a Bengali marketplace as they tried on traditional clothing and acted out a scene where they bartered with each other over the price of bananas.
Mitali Perkins is the author of nine books for children and teens, including Rickshaw Girl, Tiger Boy, and Monsoon Summer. Born in India, her family moved around the world before immigrating to the United States when she was a little girl. Follow Mitali’s blog here.

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Literature, Life, and the Love of Reading in the Learning Commons

By Jasmine Chu, Sophie Amieva, and Regan Penaluna, Library Committee Co-Chairs Everyone loves to linger in the ISB Library! Preschoolers cuddle up in the morning with their parents and a good book. Lower Schoolers gather to do homework or unwind on the bean bag chairs. Middle Schoolers collaborate on group projects. Students especially adore adore

4th Grade Explores Artifacts in Digital Skills Class

by Pat Hough, Technology Integration Director During the 4th Grade Artifacts unit, students studied traditional Native American totem poles in their Digital Skills class. After looking at photos and videos of actual totem poles and discussing their meaning, each student made a sketch of a totem figure. The students worked in pairs and combined elements

The 4th Grade Greek Odyssey Sleep Under: An Epic Night at ISB

Did you know that George O’Connor’s graphic novel series, The Olympians, is the most popular series in the ISB Library? This inspired the Library team and the Middle School Booklets Club to host an immersive extravaganza that would transport 4th Graders to Ancient Greece!

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