Friday, November 30, 2012

February 1-3: Children's Lit Conference @SAS

You'll hear more about this from Nancy Johnson at next week's meeting, but here is a promotional slideshow about the Children's Literature Conference at SAS, February 1 - 3, 2013.

General Meeting Thursday, December 6

Our next general meeting is on Thursday, December 6 at Stamford American International School.   Please RSVP to Kim Klein by Tuesday, December 4.

The school is located at 279 Upper Serangoon Road, right next to the Woodleigh MRT station.  Please go to Gate 2.  The library is in the Lincoln Building, fourth floor.

Here is the agenda for the meeting. Please let us know if there is anything that needs to be added.

See you there.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Hands on Literacy November 17 2012

Nearly 300 delegates; 46 workshop presenters! The Hands on Literacy Committee 2012 is to be congratulated for organising another very successful Hands on Literacy conference for ISLN. Their hard work and dedication was evident in the smooth running of the day and the positive feedback received regarding the speakers.

Keynote speaker Joyce Valenza did a fantastic job of opening the conference and inspiring the audience. We were so fortunate to have such a great educator with us.

Judy O'Connell's closing keynote was a perfect conclusion to the conference. She took the audience from a broad sweep and future-gazing to a call for action at the local school and library level.
Links to both presentations can be found on the website, and Judy seeks your feedback on the future direction of teacher-librarian training (also linked on the website).

Workshop presentations provided by some presenters have been uploaded here.
The conference was preceeded on Friday by a School Library Tour, so capably organised by Isabel Jones and hosted by generous colleagues at Tanglin, the Canadian School, SAS, and UWC. This was followed by drinks at Dempsey Hill. Participants commented on the value not only of the school visits but the networking opportunities within the group on the day.

Monday, November 19, 2012

IB Librarian - Continuum Workshop, Jan 18-20, 2013, at Tanglin

Dianne McKenzie from Discovery College in Hong Kong just told me she is coming to Singapore in January to run an IB Librarian Continuum Workshop at Tanglin Trust School -- January 18, 19, and 20.

Click here for details on the IBO website.

You can read about the most recent workshop she ran -- in Hong Kong -- in this post "Learning with new eyes" on her Library Grits blog.

As the workshop will mean other librarians will be in town, I propose we pencil in an ISLN social event that Saturday night.....

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Next general network meeting: Thursday, Dec. 6

We hope to see you all next Saturday at Hands on Literacy at AISS.

If not, we will see you at the next general network meeting Thursday, December 6, at Stamford American International School, where Kim Klein will be hosting us in her new library space.

4:00 pm for 4:30 pm start.

Address:  279 Upper Serangoon Road  (1 Woodleigh Lane), 347691

Posters, bookmarks, etc. for Red Dot Books

If you go to, you'll find posters, shortlist stickers, and bookmarks to download - as well as slideshows & videos of the books in each of the four categories.


And if you haven't done so already, go to the four GoodReads groups and see how you and your students can start discussing the books.


Friday, November 9, 2012

Keep the date: 2013 Children's / Young Adult Literature Conference - this February in Singapore

When: Feb. 1-3, 2013
(Friday, Meet the Author Reception; Saturday, Conference; Sunday, Writing and Illustrating Workshops)

Where: Singapore American School
Intermediate School Theatre

Chris Crutcher    
Author of 11 books (including Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, Stotan, Whaletalk, King of the Mild Frontier) written for young adults, with short stories in 12 anthologies. Recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.  [GoodReads] [Author website]

Kadir Nelson  
Awards include: 2008 Caldecott Honor recipient for Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad, 2007 Caldecott Honor recipient for Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, 2009 Coretta Scott King Award Winner and 2009 Sibert Informational Book Award for We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball .  [GoodReads] [Author website]

Laura Vaccaro Seeger  
Illustrator/Author of 15 picture books including Green, The Hidden Alphabet, and Dog and Bear.  Awards include: 2008 Caldecott Honor and Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book for First the Egg, 2009 and Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor for One Boy. [GoodReads] [Author website]

Deborah Wiles 
Author of four novels and two picture books, including Countdown and Love, Ruby Lavender,  Awards include: 2005 National Book Award finalist for Each Little Bird That Sings and the PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship in 2004.  [GoodReads] [Author website]

Conference specifics will be available soon at
Questions?  Contact Nancy Johnson @