Summer Reading

Summer Reading. Image from Scholastic. June 2015

How can I keep reading over the summer?

See below for details on each of the above.

How do I use the KAS online catalog to find digital content?

  • Don’t forget to log in! If you are already logged in to your KAS account with Google, you can click Login With Google.  If not, you will need to enter your username and password.  
    • For students, your username is your KAS email account, up to the @ sign.  In most cases:  first initial, last name, last two digits of your graduation year.  Your password is the barcode on your KAS ID.
    • For parents with library accounts, your username is your email and your password is your cellphone number, unless otherwise directed.
    • For parents without library accounts, you may use a generic account with the username of PKto2nd and the password of KASKAS. (You may request a library account with this form).
  • Digital reading options in our online catalog can be found by scrolling down to E-Books, Audio Books, or Lightbox Books.  
  • Click See All on the right hand side above the row to see all options. 
  • Limit the number of results by clicking the filter icon in the top right hand corner.   You can filter any way you choose, but I suggest filtering by Reading Level or Interest Level to pull the most appropriate results.  
  • To read or listen to the title, click on the book image.
  • Once a title specific pop-up appears, click OPEN or PLAY within the pop-up to read or listen to the title.

How do I use TumbleBooks?

Click here to see a slideshow on how to use the subscription service, TumbleBooks.

What are these free and online resources?

More Digital Reading Options is a collection of websites, NOT paid for or hosted by KAS, but online and free to use. You may have to create your own personal account for access.

How can I use the Public Library?

For more options, Kaohsiung has an amazing Public Library system! Click here for more information.

Elementary students visit the library with their classroom teacher on a weekly basis.  This browsing and checkout period is teacher-led, library supported.  Independent reading is an important part of a student’s reading growth, and book selection is actively supported by the student’s teacher for reading level, interest, and developmental appropriateness. 

At KAS, we believe that the ability to self-select books for independent reading is an essential part of creating life-long readers. A life-long reader knows how to successfully browse, preview, and select what to read for pleasure.  

Whether it be listening to a read aloud in the classroom to reading with their older/younger Reading Buddy, students are being given access to books in many ways during the day.  Library browsing and checkout time is one of the only regularly scheduled times they have to direct their own reading development. By allowing children to browse freely with a few guidelines, we nurture excitement for books and reading in each child. 

Please do not be discouraged when they bring home the same book or type of book repeatedly!  They are selecting these books because they offer them a relaxing, enjoyable, and non-demanding reading experience. Having this type of reading experience only encourages their reading and motivates them to read and/or visit the library more.  At KAS, we are constantly exposing them to new titles and series; they will eventually move past the usuals.  

If parents wish to instruct their children to check out or not to check out certain books, they should understand that such instructions are not tracked or policed by our Library.

Ms. Kristi, KAS Librarian, joined the school faculty in 2020. She was previously an Elementary Librarian at an international school in Thailand and a Reference & Instructional Librarian at a university in the United States. She has her Masters in Library Science from the University of Oklahoma. She can be found talking about books in the stacks.

Ms. Regine, KAS Librarian Assistant, has been at KAS since 2000. She started as a Teaching Assistant in an Elementary classroom before moving to work in the library. She is originally from Tahiti and can be found conversing in French with the students.

Please let us know how we can help you!

Help us read around the world!

The library has a large collection of books in Mandarin, but our options in other languages can be lacking. Donate a book in your language to the library!

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The KAS Library is happy to accept other donations as well, but they must follow our selection criteria found in the KAS Collection Development Policy. The following are simplified guidelines:

Books should be in good condition.

Books should be current.

Books should be relevant to our students.

Thank you for thinking of us!

Learning for Justice seeks to uphold the mission of the Southern Poverty Law Center: to be a catalyst for racial justice in the South and beyond, working in partnership with communities to dismantle white supremacy, strengthen intersectional movements and advance the human rights of all people.

StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.

TTribune consists of daily news sites for kids, tweens, and teens.

Horrible Histories is a British children’s live-action historical and musical sketch comedy television series, based on the bestselling book series of the same name by Terry Deary.

Science Journal for Kids aims to make scientific research discoveries more accessible to the general audience and particularly to children.

Everything the Library of Congress offers digitally, from various topics, interesting collections, and primary sources.

The Lab is a free, interactive platform for discovering millions of authentic digital resources, creating content with online tools, and sharing in the Smithsonian’s expansive community of knowledge and learning.

arXiv is a free distribution service and an open-access archive for 2,016,360 scholarly articles in the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, statistics, electrical engineering and systems science, and economics.

Driven by cognitive science research, ReadWorks creates world-class content, teacher guidance, and integrated tools that improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement.

Explora Educator’s Edition provides lessons plans, curriculum standards, and other professional development resources.

ES Online Databases: BrainPop, Explora Primary, FactCite, PebbleGo, Research Rocket, WorldBook.

Newsela is an instructional content tool that allows teachers to find articles with appropriate reading levels for their students. 

EDpuzzle is a teaching tool used to place interactive content into pre-existing videos from a variety of sources, such as TED or YouTube, or into videos you have made. 

Flipgrid is a website and app that allows teachers to facilitate video discussions. Students are organized into groups and then given access to discussion topics.

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Collections – Curated resources for your classroom
Free Online Resources

Vooks is a library of storybooks brought to life with beautiful animation, read-aloud narration, engaging music and sound, and read-along text. Free for teachers.

Driven by cognitive science research, ReadWorks creates world-class content, teacher guidance, and integrated tools that improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement.

ELA and Math curriculum and curriculum support for teachers; ELA covers KG – 12th grade and math covers 3rd grade through Algebra 2.

Fun Library Recommendations
Author Read Alouds
More Digital Reading Options

HS Online Databases: Access World News, EBSCO, all GALE databases, History Reference, JSTOR, Science Reference, & WorldBook.

Explora Educator’s Edition provides lessons plans, curriculum standards, and other professional development resources.

Free Online Resources
More Digital Reading

EDpuzzle is a teaching tool used to place interactive content into pre-existing videos from a variety of sources, such as TED or YouTube, or into videos you have made. 

Flipgrid is a website and app that allows teachers to facilitate video discussions. Students are organized into groups and then given access to discussion topics.

DP Extended Essay (coming soon)

MS Online Databases: BrainPop, FactCite, all GALE databases, Access World News, Research Rocket and Worldbook.

Explora Educator’s Edition provides lessons plans, curriculum standards, and other professional development resources.

Free Online Resources

More Digital Reading
MYP Personal Project (coming soon)

EDpuzzle is a teaching tool used to place interactive content into pre-existing videos from a variety of sources, such as TED or YouTube, or into videos you have made. 

Flipgrid is a website and app that allows teachers to facilitate video discussions. Students are organized into groups and then given access to discussion topics.

Middle School students can visit the library before school, during breaks, and after school. You may check out up to ten books at a time for two weeks. If you feel you need more, please ask!

In the library you will find areas for quiet study, considerate study, and conversational study. Computers are allowed for study, but only in the quiet and considerate study areas, with supervision. Cell phones are not allowed.

If you have a question about research or library resources, email Ms. Kristi at kbell@kas.tw, or come see her on one of your breaks. If you need help finding a book, help finding something new to read, or help checking out because you forgot your ID, please ask at the circulation desk!

See the links below for a curated listed of Middle School resources for you:

MS Online Databases
Free Online Resources
More Digital Reading
MYP Personal Project (coming soon)

Fact Monster combines essential reference materials, fun facts and features, and homework help for kids.

DK Find Out! is a general interest site with fun facts, quizzes, games, and activities on a wide variety of topics.

TTribune consists of daily news sites for kids, tweens, and teens.

Wonderopolis is an informational site that helps kids ask and answer interesting questions about the world.

Science Journal for Kids aims to make scientific research discoveries more accessible to the general audience and particularly to children.

Epic gives millions of families and classrooms instant, unlimited access to thousands of books, videos and quizzes from leading publishers to help kids everywhere read, learn and grow.

The Lab is a free, interactive platform for discovering millions of authentic digital resources, creating content with online tools, and sharing in the Smithsonian’s expansive community of knowledge and learning.

Ducksters provides a fun and educational web site with lots of interesting content.

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GoNoodle helps teachers and parents get kids moving with short interactive activities. Desk-side movement helps kids achieve more by keeping them engaged and motivated throughout the day.

General Information

Student FAQs

Faculty/Staff FAQs

Families FAQs

General Information

When is the library open?

The library is open from 7:30am until 3:30pm every weekday.

How many books does the library have?

The library has over 18,000 physical books and up to 4,000 online or audio books.

How do I find books to read or listen to online?

Ebooks and audiobooks can be found in two places on the library website: the KAS online catalog (make sure to log in) and our KAS subscriptions found on the Digital Reading page of the website. Passwords for our services can be found here.

How do I find a book in the library?

KAS’s online catalog can be found here. Don’t forget to log in!While logged in, you can view your checkouts, renew your books, and select books for the library to pull and checkout to you. If you need Destiny Discover help, click here. If you have an issue not addressed on the help sheet, please email library@kas.tw.

How many books can I check out?

For Elementary students, the number of books you can check out depends on your grade, teacher, and the number of times you visit the library each week.  

Secondary students and Families can check out up to ten books for two weeks.  If you think you need more books, just ask! 

What services does the library offer?

To find services specific to you, click on your demographic: Students, Faculty/Staff, or Families.

Can I print in the library?

Yes! The library has a color printer available for student and teacher use. See this guide for more details.

How do you select books for the library?

The KAS Library Collection Development policy can be found here.

How do I request that a book be reconsidered and removed from the library?

The KAS Reconsideration of a Library Resource policy and procedures can be found here.

How do I request a book?

Book requests can be made with this form. Please double check our online catalog to ensure that we do not already own the title.

Student FAQs

When can students visit the library?

Elementary students visit the library at least once a week with their teacher to find books to support independent reading. Middle School and High School students are welcome to visit before school, during their breaks, and after school to find books to support their learning or just for pleasure.

What do I do if I can’t find a book I checked out?

Do not stress! Please come speak with a librarian or librarian assistant.

What databases does KAS subscribe to?

KAS subscribes to 13 databases which can be found here. For a more curated list of databases, click here for ES, here for MS, and here for HS.

How do I log in to a database?

Passwords for our subscription services and databases can be found here.

What resources are available online?

For a more curated list of free resources, click here for ES, here for MS, and here for HS.

Faculty FAQs

Can I send students to the library to study?

Yes! Please fill out a library pass, found here, for your students to turn in to the library. Library behaviors will be expected of your students.

Can I reserve a library study room?

Yes! Please use the KAS Reservation page, linked here, and found under KAS Teacher Links.

When is the library available for me to bring my class?

Please check library availability on the calendar, found here.

Can you teach my students how to research?

Research is a large framework that encompasses many skills. I will gladly assist you in guiding your students and help you teach any specific research skills that relate to your subject and grade level.

Families FAQs

When can families visit the library?

(Due to Covid restrictions, families are currently not allowed on campus to visit the library).

Students have priority during the school day; families are encouraged to visit the library before or after school.  But, checking out books for your child is important; if you are only able to visit the library during the day, please do so! While in the library, remember to be an example for students regarding library expectations.

How can I check out books for my child or children?

First you must possess a parent library account. If you do not have one, please fill out the application found here. Then each family may check out up to ten books.

How can I help my child enjoy reading?

Please take a look at the articles and information found on this page to support your child in their love of reading. Ms. Kristi is also available to talk: email her at kbell@kas.tw, call her at 7 586 3300, ext. 300, or stop by to see her!

High School students can visit the library before school, during breaks, and after school. You may check out up to ten books at a time for two weeks. If you feel you need more, please ask!

You are also welcome to use the space to study. In the library you will find areas for quiet study, considerate study, and conversational study, in one of our four study rooms.

If you have a question about research or library resources, email Ms. Kristi at kbell@kas.tw, or come see her on one of your breaks. If you need help finding a book, help finding something new to read, or help checking out because you forgot your ID, please ask at the circulation desk!

See the links below for a curated listed of High School resources for you:

HS Online Databases
Free Online Resources
More Digital Reading
DP Extended Essay (coming soon)

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