Meet ISB’s Librarians

Maria Falgoust, Head Librarian

Maria’s Current Favorite Books:

For Younger Students:
Noodlephant by Jacob Kramer and K-Fai Steele

For Older Students:
For Black Girls Like Me by Mariama J. Lockington.

For Adults:
The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom

Maria earned a Masters in Library and Information Sciences from The Palmer School, a part of Long Island University. A Native of New Orleans, Maria has worked as a school librarian in independent schools in New York City and Rome. Maria is on the planning committee for NYSAIS Education and Information Technology Conference and Teaching With Technology symposium, has served as the vice-president for the Hudson Valley Library Association (HVLA) board twice, co-organized the Building Bridges Through Books book club through the Human Rights Pen Pal organization, and was awarded a Fulbright-Hays scholarship to Uruguay in 2019. She is a fan of Stephen Krashen’s reading theories and believes that libraries empower patrons and benefit society in countless ways. Maria is passionate about community building and is always dreaming up new ways to bring our community closer together through the love of literacy. Outside of her work, Maria loves to travel, and she is enthusiastic about cooking and is known for her dinner parties featuring different cuisines from around the world. 

Amy Ribakove, Librarian

Amy’s Current Favorite Books:

For Younger Students:
Sofia Valdez, Future Prez by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts

For Older Students:
Show Me a Sign by Ann Clare Lezotte

For Adults:
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

Amy is currently pursuing her Master’s in Library and Information Science at Pratt Institute. A native New Yorker, Amy previously worked as a children’s book buyer for an independent bookstore in Manhattan. Additionally, she has interned with the Library of Congress Young Readers Center and worked as a Head Start classroom aide. Amy loves to help children and young adults find the books that will make them life-long readers. She believes that Professor Rudine Sims Bishop was right when she wrote that a child’s library should include books that act as mirrors to their own experiences, windows into worlds of people who are different from them and sliding glass doors to help them imagine what it would be like to exist in another’s world. In her spare time, Amy loves to bake delicious treats.

Translation is an Art

by Regan Penaluna, ISB Library Committee Member On Wednesday, April 27th, a crowd of students, parents, and staff gathered in the school gym for a panel discussion on “Translation is an Art”—an impressive event dreamed up and led by school librarians Maria Falgoust and Amy Ribakove. The walls were adorned with posters created by the

Books to Read Aloud to Your Lower School Child

Below is a selection of great books to read aloud with your primary school children recommended by the ISB Community, in no specific order but organized by language. Members of the Library Committee and others were asked to recommend a book and share what they love about it. Most of the books listed below are meant to be enjoyed primarily as hard copies, especially when the illustrations are outstanding, but we have tried to make a note when a recording (podcast or audiobook) is available to supplement the experience. Recordings will be useful to ISB parents who do not speak the target language, or to those in need of a short break.

Middle School Reading Recommendations and Tips for New Language Learners

By Raquel Frechette, ISB parent and Library Committee Member, with support from Language Acquisition Teachers, Emilie Berger and Oscar Pau   Picture this: You’re a 6th Grade ISB student. Maybe you’re new to the school and brand new to learning a second language. Or maybe you’re not new, and you’ve been at ISB since your