MS/HS Library

The library will be open during summer school (June 12 to June 30) Monday to Friday, 8:30 to 12:30.

If you wish to download e-books and audiobooks during summer vacation from Overdrive, our digital library, please make sure to get your library ID number from the librarians before you leave. Simply visit us or e-mail the librarian.

Happy reading!

Anne-Marie Thinnes


Library Subscriptions

(You will find the usernames and passwords on the Student's Portal and on ManageBac)

BrainPop: Short movies on all kind of subjects (elementary, middle school and EAL)

Britannica School Encyclopedia

Questia School Library: E-books, magazines and journals

JSTOR: Abstracts, e-books and journals

Learn360: (Infobase): K-12 educational videos

The Day: News, articles and videos about current affairs

The New York Times Magazines

How to search effectively on the web

Research Basics

First, brainstorm synonyms and related terms to get KEYWORDS.

1- Advanced search

Use the advanced search to get recently updated sites, certain type of sites (edu., org., gov.), numeric range etc…

2 - Google Scholar

Will give you scholarly literature (with their MLA citation) across many disciplines and sources, including theses, books, abstracts and articles.

3 - Boolean operators and limiters

Operators: OR, AND, NOT are easy to use to narrow your search and get less and better results.

Symbols :

- Look for exact phrase: Quotes (“ “) Ex.: "Tokaido Shinkansen"

- Include similar words (synonyms): Tilde sign (~)

- Ranges and dates: Separate numbers by two periods (with no spaces)

- Limit to certain type of site: site:edu. or site:directory

Country domains: You will obtain very different results depending on the country your are searching.

Check this article for more research tips.

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Reading Lists

These books lists have been created by your English teachers and your librarian for the Seisen Summer Reading Program.

You should read at least two books during the summer: one from this list or from the Sakura Medal Program and one of your choice.

Please fill out the reading chart for both books.

Choose one entertaining book and one book that is challenging to you. Think about trying a new genre. In any cases, any book by these authors is acceptable. Please check with your librarian. Most classic novels are available as ebook.

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Sakura Medal


Sakura Medal is a book award program in international schools across Japan that encourages students to read recently published books of literary quality from around the world. There are several categories, each with 25 nominated books.

The winning author receives the Sakura Medal and a diploma containing a certificate and a piece of original art.


Students who read four books (three for High School ) from a list of shortlisted novels are eligible to vote for their favorite at the end of the school year. Votes are then tallied across all participating schools, and the winning author in each category receives a Medal.There is a student art competition for the diploma design.

Please visit the Sakura Medal Blog for current Sakura Medal shortlists, reviews and discussions and our YouTube channel for book trailers.


Middle School Category: Rule of three, by Eric Walter and Echo, by PAm munoz Ryan

High School Category: Six of crows by Leigh Bardugo


Middle School Lists
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High School Lists
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Previous winners, reviews and more about the program

Sakura Medal Book Trailers

New Books

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