Celebrating Book Week at UNIS Hanoi (May 11-15)

 

Next week (May 11-15) is Book Week! Come join in the fun with books and lots of great reading activities.

Explore Upcoming Book Week Activities

Become a bookworm this Book Week!

Books have the transformative power to take us on adventures, solve crimes and foster endless imagination in everyday life. During Book Week dive into a book and find new worlds between the covers of books. Enjoy being involved in bookish activities at home with your child and be a part of the line up of activities designed for UNIS.

Check out the dedicated section for PARENTS on the LibGuide with links to great articles and fabulous video clips for helping, supporting and encouraging reading at home.

Join the Bookcase Challenge!

Click HERE to access a range of engaging activities for all age groups to do at home from cooking up curious creature cakes, bookcase challenges, book cover collages, film making and much, much more!

Follow @unisphoenixreads now!

Would you like to know what great books students are recommending? Follow the library Instagram account today. Selections of student recommendations will be added to the Instagram account each day next week. Send family photos of book week to be included on Instagram by sending to either eslibrarian@unishanoi.org or mshslibrarian@unishanoi.org to be included on the UNIS Library Instagram account using the hashtag #bookweek2020.

Monica and Kate

Join the Book Week Family Trivia Night!

Next Thursday, May 14 at 6:00PM, the Library department is hosting a virtual Family Trivia Night as part of their Book Week events. 

The evening promises to be ‘super literary fun for the whole family with wild trivia questions for all ages’.  

Get your whole family together on one device and get ready for some fun (and healthy competition with other UNIS Hanoi Families). 

There will be fun rounds of lively trivia based on all of the books you love (or check-out!).  Each round will feature books from all ages, so every family member is going to be a useful member of the team (if you want to rope in Grandma across the ocean, go for it).

Please fill out this quick form to register!

On May 14 at 5:00PM, the Librarian Quiz Masters will send you a link to the ZOOM meeting, and share details on the quiz setup and rules.

We’re excited for everyone to join in the fun next week!

Kate, Monica, and Cody

 

Library Book Borrowing is Back

With the easing of some restrictions in Hanoi, the UNIS Hanoi Library is once more offering its remote borrowing service. Thank you to all the families who have already ordered books – your parcels are ready and labelled and will be dropped at Gate 1 starting Monday 27th of April. This is a reminder for everyone about how the borrowing system works:

Physical Book Borrowing

  1. We run a “remote borrowing service” for our families who are in Hanoi and can collect books at the front gate. Please browse the library catalogue here and use the following forms to write down your selections. 
    ECC Form    
    ES Form
    MS/HS Form.
    You can email your forms to the library or include them in a library bag dropped at the gate. Alternatively you can send an email with your selections to
    librarystaff@unishanoi.org 
  2. The books will be delivered to the front gate of UNIS Hanoi every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 9am and 11am. If the books are not collected on the requested day, the materials will need to be returned to the library. Books cannot be left outside after 3pm.
  3. You can also return books at any time by dropping them into the big box labelled LIBRARY at the front gate.
  4. If you are departing Hanoi, you can also leave the library and text books at the box at the front gate on Monday, Wednesday or Friday for collection.

Digital Library

  1. The library team has curated a LibGuide for accessing digital materials including eBooks and audible books. This will be constantly updated with new materials. This provides a wealth of listening and reading choices for the whole family. 
  2. We have added a tremendous number of eBooks to our digital collection. The borrowing of these books is straightforward and explained in a screencast on the LibGuide. The hidden benefit of an eBook is that it returns itself automatically after 14 days, so you don’t need to remember to return it. However, it is easy to extend these books by yourself at the click of a button. We use the app Sora to “host” our eBooks.
  3. We would highly encourage everyone to download the app SORA on the device that you intend to read your eBooks. Sora hosts all of our eBooks and audiobooks. It is very user friendly, comes in a range of languages and will host up to 6 devices on one download. Most people prefer to read the eBooks on iPads but many people do use phones or laptops. Each member of the family should use their own school login and password to read from their own Sora account.

Other Services Found On The Libguide

  1. Author read alouds can be found daily
  2. Access to free audio books ready to download
  3. Tumblebooks – a vast number of books available for reading and viewing
  4. Epic reading – free home access to students who use Epic in the classroom
  5. Book trailers to introduce you to some of the newest books in our digital collection

Please contact Kate and Monica if ever you have any questions: Kate mshslibrarian@unishanoi.org and Monica eslibrarian@unishanoi.org

Unlimited Magazines for Your Family

Are you looking for magazines suitable for the WHOLE FAMILY?

The UNIS Library subscribes to a number of great magazines which can be delivered digitally to you every month. Covering a wide range of subjects from science, travel, yoga, running, science and geography – there is something for every member of the family and there is NO LIMIT on the number of magazines you may wish to borrow.

Follow these instructions to open your account and start borrowing from our fabulous collection. Please contact the library if you have any problems with access: Monica eslibrarian@unishanoi.org and Kate mshslibrarian@unishanoi.org

Remote Library Service Continues!

Students in Elementary School right up to High School can still enjoy access to school library books thanks to an improved remote borrowing service. The School’s formidable team of librarians have devised an innovative way to ensure students get their hands on books they want. Especially during these unprecedented times. 

During the first eight weeks of distance learning, the Library offered a “remote borrowing service” which enabled students and parents to place requests and pick up the books from the School’s main gate each day between 9am and 12pm. Unfortunately, due to campus closure, remote borrowing service had an impact on the local staff who supported the daily service. This led to a rethink of options. 

New Improved Model

The library team has now come up with an innovative way for books to be borrowed to ensure continued access to fabulous reads and exciting resources over the coming months.

PHYSICAL BOOK BORROWING

  1. We will still run a “remote borrowing service” for our families who are in Hanoi and can collect books at the front gate. Please browse the library catalogue here and use the following forms to write down your selections.  ECC Form  /  ES Form  /  MS/HS Form. You can email your forms to the library or include them in a library bag dropped at the gate. Alternatively you can send an email with your selections to librarystaff@unishanoi.org 
  2. The books will be delivered to the front gate of UNIS Hanoi every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 9am and 11am. If the books are not collected on the requested day, the materials will need to be returned to the library. Books cannot be left outside after 3pm.
  3. You can also return books at any time by dropping them into the big box labelled LIBRARY at the front gate.
  4. If you are departing Hanoi, you can also leave the library and text books at the box at the front gate on Monday, Wednesday or Friday for collection.

DIGITAL LIBRARY

  1. The library team has curated a LibGuide for accessing digital materials including eBooks and audible books. This will be constantly updated with new materials. This provides a wealth of listening and reading choices for the whole family. This LibGuide is featured in the Mental Wellness Section of the UNIS Community Wellness Guide which has amazing resources to keep physically and mentally well.
  2. We have added a tremendous number of eBooks to our digital collection. The borrowing of these books is straightforward and explained in a screencast on the LibGuide. The hidden benefit of an eBook is that it returns itself automatically after 14 days, so you don’t need to remember to return it. However, it is easy to extend these books by yourself at the click of a button.
  3. We would highly encourage everyone to download the app SORA on the device that you intend to read your eBooks. Sora hosts all of our eBooks and audiobooks. It is very user friendly, comes in a range of languages and will host up to 6 devices on one download. Most people prefer to read the eBooks on ipads but many people do use phones or laptops. Each member of the family should use their own school login and password to read from their own Sora account.

OTHER SERVICES FOUND ON THE LIBGUIDE

  1. Author read alouds can be found daily
  2. Access to free audio books ready to download
  3. Tumblebooks – a vast number of books available for reading and viewing
  4. Epic reading – free home access to students who use Epic in the classroom
  5. Book trailers to introduce you to some of the newest books in our digital collection
  6. Virtual Book Clubs to join

Please contact Kate and Monica if ever you have any questions: Kate mshslibrarian@unishanoi.org and Monica eslibrarian@unishanoi.org

The Library Saturday Returns

Tomorrow marks the return of “Saturday in the UNIS Library”. We are open for the school community from 9.00 – 12.00pm. The library will be open every Saturday when school is in session.

All students and parents are welcome to come and enjoy the Library facilities during this time. The choices are limitless – personal reading, browsing with your children, quiet study for some older students and simply borrowing books from our great collection. Feel free to bring your coffee and just relax with a good book or magazine for the morning. If you want to connect digitally with our library services, bring your own devices, iPads and Apple ID information and we can get you started.

Some key points to remember:

  1. UNIS Hanoi students in Grade 5 and below must be accompanied by an adult with a UNIS Hanoi ID card.
  2. Only UNIS Hanoi parents, faculty/staff and students with a UNIS Hanoi ID card are allowed to use the library.
  3. During holidays the campus and library will be closed.

If you have any questions, please email library@unishanoi.org

See you on Saturday!

Monica and Kate

Saturday @ your UNIS Hanoi Library!

This Saturday marks the official opening of the UNIS Hanoi Library for the school community from 9.00 – 12.00.

All students and parents are welcome to use the Library facilities during this time. The choices are limitless – personal reading, browsing with your children, quiet study for some older students and simply collecting a few books from our great collection.

The Library team is very grateful to the SCO for their support and encouragement in the re-establishment of this initiative. Without the support and volunteer efforts of the SCO and the UNIS Hanoi Leadership, it would not be possible.

Some key points to remember:

  1. UNIS Hanoi students in Grade 5 and below must be accompanied by an adult with a valid UNIS ID
  2. Only UNIS Hanoi parents, faculty/staff and students with a valid UNIS ID card are allowed to use the library
  3. You need your ID to borrow
  4. Every Saturday that UNIS Hanoi is open, the Library is open

See you on Saturday!

Monica and Deborah

Sustainable Development Goals Book Club

The SDG Book Club, first announced in September 2018 will present a selection of books for children aged 5-12 on each of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The initiative will provide an opportunity to encourage children to read, to learn about the SDGs and empower them to play their part in making the world a better place.

The first book list was released last week and highlights Goal 1 – No Poverty. The four chosen books are:

  1. Serafina’s Promise by Ann Burg
  2. Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena
  3. A Chair for My Mother by Vera B Williams
  4. The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde

Each student in the Elementary School from Grades 1-5 will be involved in the SDG Book Club and encouraged to read at least one of the books on the SDG book list plus other books chosen by the Library staff that explain the reasons why people are poor. The students will be issued with a SDG Book Club passport to record their reading efforts and encouraged to complete all 17 SDGs by August 2020. The library central display will feature the monthly book club focus.

The SDG Book Club makes content available in the six official languages of the United Nations – Arabic, English, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish.

You can learn more about the SDG Book Club by reading the UN resource page: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sdgbookclub/

Please join our Elementary students as they learn about Goal 1 – Ending poverty in all its forms everywhere. You may even want to host a book club meeting and share your photos via hashtags #SDGBookClub and #GlobalGoals.

Please help our students spread the word!

Monica Mayer