Archive for April, 2011

Cambodian visitors to our school, Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

April 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Next Tuesday two young Cambodian men, Chamroeun and Sovann, will be visiting our school for the day.  Both are weekend employees at Open Book, one of our Cambodian Global Concerns, which has sponsored them to come to Singapore for a week of professional development, which includes visiting a few international school libraries.

They are available to speak to any classes about Cambodia in general, literacy and reading in Cambodia, and/or the history and politics of Cambodia, e.g., during the week Chamroeun works with the French organization  Avocats sans Frontieres (Lawyers without Frontiers) on the Khmer Rouge trials, while Sovann is from Preah Vihar, where the fighting with Thailand is happening.

They will be based in the library and are willing to tell some Cambodian stories to those classes visiting for borrowing.  They will also be spending time with Kalimah and Ernie, learning how we manage our book collection.

Open Book (Au Livre Ouvert in the original French –if you go to the page,  just ask Google to translate the page for you), is the project of Catherine Cousins who runs an open library (Reading Room) for children on Street 240 in Phnom Penh.  The charity also publishes children’s books in Khmer, French, and English (e.g., Frederick Lipp’s books) which our Grade 3 students are selling at the Family Breakfasts and other school events — and in the library.

Below is a photo of Margot in Open Book over Chinese New Year, picking up books for our Global Concerns projects.

Categories: Special events

Easy ways to suggest library resources

April 5, 2011 Leave a comment
Reading List by KJGarbutt, on Flickr

It’s that time of year when we are submitting orders for new books and resources for next year.  There are several ways to do it.

The old-fashioned way would be to create a list of titles/authors and send it to me via email (

You can also click here to use a Google Form to submit information to a Google Spreadsheet for me:

Suggest a Library Resource!


But if you want to give me more information, including an ISBN and book cover image, there are quite a few online tools that make it easy.

NB: you have to register first — at no cost — but then you are free to create all kinds of booklists.

The beauty of such tools is that you enter the minimal search terms needed to identify the book (key words from the title, the author’s name) and it looks for different editions for you to choose from.

Feel free to use any of them and send me the link.

Want to search for titles/prices?  Try these book sites…

For hard-to-find books – whether new or out-of-print

Singapore Suppliers

Photo credit: Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.0 Generic License by KJGarbutt

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