Thursday, 10 November 2016

Are you ready for Sakura?!


The Sakura Medal program brings together students from international schools across Japan each year to vote for their favourite books.  Each year, librarians from various international schools meet and select 10-20 books in each of the Sakura Medal categories.  Only students are eligible to vote for this prestigious award, but they need to read the minimum number of books to vote.

Our aim is not only to encourage students to read a variety of high quality books but to give a real life opportunity to set a meaningful goal.  Te program will run from November to April.  Students will decide how many books they realistically hope to read.  Goal setting forms will be reviewed and approved by both their homeroom teachers and parents.  Once they have turned in their forms, they can start to check out books and start reading!

These ares some of the Sakura Medal Program categories.  

This year, six graders are able to participate in the Middle School Sakura Medal program!  They will be able to go to the MS/HS Library to check out MS Sakura Medal books from next Tuesday, November 15th.  Many of these titles are also available in our e-book collection (Overdrive).

Books that are available on Overdrive have a blue Overdrive logo on the book.  After a MS Sakura book is read, students need to fill out and submit the correct bookmark to Ms. Thinnes at the MS/HS Library.  
This is the first year that six grade students are able to go to MS/HS Library to check out Sakura Medal books.  Mrs. Thinnes is the MS/HS Librarian. She is looking forward to having this opportunity to get to know grade 6.

Come Spring when you're getting ready for Cherry Blossom viewing, (お花見),  you know that it'll be time to vote for your favourite books.  Good luck with your goals!

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