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Films on Demand


Classroom Video – Films On Demand is new to the ASIJ Libraries. This site has thousands of educational videos that are available 24/7. These videos are also iPad friendly. A direct URL link can be found on the password protected database page of this blog.

(Please contact the elementary library staff for the database password.)

2015 Sakura Book Bowl Champions

Congratulations to all 2015 Sakura Book Bowl participants! Competition was stiff this year and after four months of reading Sakura Medal Books, a quiz, preliminary and final rounds, we finally have a champion for each track.  In both the preliminary and final rounds there were a few sudden death rounds and in the end it came down to some serious nail biting and one question.

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Gr. 3-5 Visiting Author- Kate Klise

Kate KliseOn Wednesday, April 1, 2015, Kate Klise will visit the ASIJ ES Library .  Kate is an award-winning author who has received several nationally recognized awards.  Her most recent series, Three-Ring Rascals was selected as a Junior Library Guild recipient.  Her book, The Show Must Go On (#1 Three Ring Rascals) has been short listed as a 2015 Sakura Medal Picture Book.

An exciting tradition that always accompanies an author’s visit is a book signing by the author.  Signed books make great souvenirs for your child.  I am writing now to provide you with the opportunity to order books written by Kate Klise.  Kate will sign purchased books during her visit.

If you are interested in ordering a copy of one of Kate’s books for your child in Grades 3-5, please send the amount due in a sealed envelope and please indicate which book(s) you are ordering.  Clearly mark the envelope “Library Book Order”, child’s name and class and have your child deliver the envelope to the ES Library by Wednesday, March 11, 2015.

the show must go on  Grounded Kate Klise  Dying to Meet You #1 Kate Klise

Each paperback is 1,000  yen. 

The Library is Transformed into A Chocolate Factory



In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, the library was transformed into Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory for Halloween this year. After guessing how many lollipops were on the lollipop tree, students either stayed to fill out a lottery ticket or were sent down the garbage shoot. Escorted down the shoot by an Oompa Loompa, students then had a chance to draw a golden ticket and win a 50th anniversary edition of the classic children’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Meet Your Librarian – Ms. Pretz


Iself portrait‘m Ms. Pretz, and I will be your librarian this year.  My husband, Mr. Mitrisin, is the new primary visual arts  teacher.  We have one daughter, Zoe, who will begin her first year of college this fall.  I’ve been an international educator at four international schools and have taught every grade PK-8 at some capacity.  I’ve even taught a few ASIJ students, past and present.  Most recently, I was the elementary librarian at The American Embassy School in New Delhi, India.  I am excited to be your librarian, and I’m looking forward to getting to know all of your reading needs and putting great books into your hands.

Reading Matters

“Kids who don’t have educationally rich summers will be nearly three years behind their peers by the time they reach the end of the fifth grade… Much like we would expect an athlete or a musician’s performance to suffer if they didn’t practice regularly, the same thing is true for young people when it comes to reading performance.”
— Ron Fairchild, Founding CEO, National Summer Learning Association

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