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Happy Friday, all! :)

It is officially one week since Book Week 2017 came to a close. This year’s theme from the International Association of School Librarianship is Connecting Communities & Cultures. In line with this, we invited a handful of administrators and faculty members to tell stories to different classes, each story originating from or discussing different countries.


For _____, we had our School President, Ms. Felicia Atienza,

Head of Schools, Mr. Tim Boulton, for

Faculty members, Ms. Madhu Saini, Ms. Iris Morga, Ms. Hazel Wong, and Mr. Juan Jose Del Alamo for India, Philippines, China, and Mexico respectively.


Aside from this, we had an International Bookmark Exchange Program. The students were asked to decorate bookmarks and we sent these out to our partner schools in China and Guatemala. We also received bookmarks from said partner schools, and we distributed these among CISM students.


For this year’s Book Week, we were once again joined by National Book Store and Laporte Archery, providing books and other fun activities for the students.


Our biggest event for Book Week was Book Character Dress Up Competition for Early Years/Elementary School, and a Book Trailer Competition for Upper School.


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Come and see what we’ve got at the Library

Celebrate United Nations Day with these books about countries and cultures around the world!



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 The World Factbook :https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/

 Unied Nations Lessons: http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/united_nations_day_resources.shtml

 United Nations Day History and Activities: https://www.teachervision.com/united-nations/united-nations-day-history-activities 

Culture Crossing: a Basic Guide to Countries: http://www.cultureready.org/blog/culture-crossing-basic-guide-countries





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These are just a few of great spooky books that you may borrow from the library:

    • The Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine - we just got a whole new set of this  series in the library.
    • Cirque du freak series by Darren Shan
    • Bites : scary stories to sink your teeth into., edited by Lois Metzger
    • Scary fairy tales series, comp. by Vic Parker
    • Monsters series by Peter Castellano
    • Ghost hunters series by Cornelia Funke
    • and more
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Dear Parents,

We are thrilled to share with you some exciting opportunities in store for your child in our library program this year :

Our program will be promoting the very best of children’s literature to your child with activities designed to help student’s enjoy the stories even more.

We will be doing our very best to get (or keep) your children “hooked on reading” by recommending specific reading materials to each individual.

We have added more or less 800 new titles this year of the latest and most exciting new books for our students, including quality non-fiction to help meet the Common Core requirements

Students from each grade level will be learning information literacy skills specifically suited to their developmental needs.

We will be working with classroom teachers to help them find materials especially suited to the individual interests and abilities of your child.

Library lessons will stress good Digital Citizenship, helping your child make safe and ethical decisions when using the Internet.

0ur Fiction collection is now classified by genre, making it easier for our students find what they want to read according to their interests.

We have a lot of special events being planned, such as our annual Book week celebration, book fairs, and reading contests.

The library team is ready and excited about this year and is committed to helping your child become a critical thinker, enthusiastic reader, skillful researcher, and ethical user of information.

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Coffee With New Books


It is the privilege of the Library Team to launch the new books collection during a “Coffee With New Books” event held last Wednesday morning, 18 April 2017.

We were thrilled to showcase the Eric Carle and Patricia Polacco collection, debuting authors of fiction books such as Dave Eggers, Maria Davana Headley, Cassandara Clare, and Pierce Brown to name a few for the fiction section. We also have multicultural titles, self-help books and numerous non-fiction materials for research.

Our esteemed faculty from the Early Years, Elementary, Middle School and High School levels graced the launch. Here are some of the snapshots during the event.

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Spoken Word Workshop


The Library and English Department would like to thank Mr. Marlo Cabrera for being our honored speaker in the Spoken Word Workshop for the CISM Middle School students held on the 14th of March 2017.

Mr. Marlo Cabrera is a third year Entrepreneurship student who enjoys writing poetry and making art. He is an Executive Director of Risen Collective, an art organization composed of college students from McKinley Hill. Mr. Marlo has also been part of multiple organizations namely Logos, The Upward Project and a Folio called Ampersand.

Mr. Marlo guided the MS students as they wrote their own pieces. Some students did poems about food, war, the beach, and the CISM family. In his short history overview, he mentioned the presence of Spoken Word in the Philippines as early as the staging of “Balagtasan.” As event highlights, Mr. Cabrera showcased his skills in Spoken Word poetry when he performed his original pieces on “anti-bullying” and the complex matter called “love.”

Here are some snapshots during the Poetry Workshop:


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A student performs a poem made by some of her classmates.

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Students consult with Mr. Marlo their chosen topics.

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Students were asked to narrow down their topics and use similes, hyperboles, and metaphors as they write their pieces.



Mr. Cabrera’s Poetry Workshop with the next batch of CISM students at the Upper School Library.

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Students were chosen to share their chosen topics.



After writing, some of the writers were called in front to share what they have created.

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Mr. Cabrera also shared tips and reminders when doing your Spoken Word Performance.

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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

Today I shall behave, as if this is the day I will be remembered.”
- Dr. Seuss

In celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, the CISM library hosted activities that will make each person read his books again and again and again.

The Lower School Library invited guest readers to read aloud selected famous books of Dr. Seuss.


We hosted a free movie showing of The Lorax in the Middle School and High School while “Horton hears a Who” for Early Years and the Elementary students. We had free popcorn and juice to enhance their viewing experience.

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We invited the students to take a picture using our Instagram-designed frame. They were holding their favorite Dr. Seuss quotes. Here are some photos:

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Thank you for your life and creations Mr. Theodor Geisel!

Happy birthday!

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Book Speed-Dating

Inspired by Mrs. ReadersPants, we in CISM organized our own Book Speed-Dating as we celebrated Book Lover’s Month. Each grade level was given a block to spend in the Library for the Book Speed-Dating Game. Students were given five minutes each to go around the tables of books. On the tables were various book choices from different genres: Romance, Fantasy/Science Fiction, Filipiniana, Realistic/Inspirational.

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For the first two minutes, the students will look at the titles and browse interesting ones, observing the pictures, reading blurbs and other information. Afterwards, they will choose one title. For the next three minutes, they will start reading. When the signal alarm rings, they will proceed to the next table of books and go through the book speed-dating experience again.











To summarize their experience, they will write a blog post sharing the titles and the reasons why those were chosen. They will also include a shelfie of them holding their favorite book during the Book Speed-Dating.

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In addition, a Blind Date with a book was happening throughout the week. Books were wrapped and only a short blurb will be shown. The students who borrowed will get the chance to join the raffle and win a sweet surprise.

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Library collaboration with Science

“Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” – Amy Poehler

The topic of Ms. Madhu’s class on Earth science were earthquakes, plate tectonic theories, faults, and movement of earth to create mountains and valleys. The other grade level were researching on genetics and tracing their family traits. Resources from the library were compiled to give students sources of valuable information.

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A separate block was dedicated to provide students a review on the use of the available online references such as Explora and EBSCO Host.

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Fiction and Non-Fiction for Early Years

The idea of Fiction and Non-Fiction is already introduced to the Nursery students. At the beginning of the library class the students watched a video of real chickens at the farm and then they were asked about the colors of the chickens and whether it looks real or not. Then they listened to the story of Pete’s Chicken by Harriet Zeifert; it is about a bunny who was asked by his art teacher to draw a chicken but ended up making a chicken that looks like a turkey with weird colors. Of course, just like Pete, they had a chance to make their own version of an extraordinary chicken!


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Fiction Books Pokemon Hunting

“I wanna be the very best,

Like no one ever was…”

“Fiction books gotta find them all!”

Grade 2 students surely had fun doing the library version of Pokémon Hunting. To catch a Pokémon, of course, they were given a PokeBall. These PokeBalls contain the call number and the title of the fiction book where the Pokémon is hiding.

This is not just a fun activity but also a practice of what they learned about “Finding Fiction Books on the Shelves.” Their eyes were wide open with excitement and happiness as they find their book and the Pokémon inside it, this week it was Pikachu. Sure enough, they are already excited to learn about “Finding Non-Fiction Books on the Shelves” and of course, finding a new Pokémon inside the non-fiction book.

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