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The library is open from 8:00 to 16:30 on school days. Parents are welcome before and after school.
Students and their family may borrow up to five books and magazines for two weeks. E-books and audiobooks from Overdrive, our digital library, are automatically returned after two weeks. All loans can be renewed twice.
For more information about our collection, please explore this website or, even better, visit us.
Amy Wilson and Megumi Isobe
WHAT IS THE SAKURA MEDAL AWARD?
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.
HOW DO STUDENTS PARTICIPATE?
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.
These books lists have been created by your English teachers and your librarian.
- 7 & 8 Grade Reading List
- 9 Grade Reading List
- 10 Grade Reading List
- University Bound Readers Reading List
- Parenting book list
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 on Overdrive. (Ask the librarian for your password).
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.
- 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.