Welcome to our Elementary Library

My name is Kimbra Power and this is my 16th year at SAS and my 9th year in the library. It was great meeting some of you at our recent Parent Conference Day recently. Below is some information that was previously posted in August on Schoology but we can all use a refresher.

Library Catalog To access your school library account, follow these instructions and before you begin, know your school ID number.

For students, this will be a 7-digit number, beginning with 235 following the letter P (for patron) You do NOT need to put the letter P in. That 7-digit number is your username AND password to access our school library catalog.

For parents, this will be a 6-digit number, following the letter P (for patron) You do NOT need to put the letter P in. That 6-digit number is your username AND password to access our school library catalog.

*Go to https://destiny.saschina.org/

*Under Elementary Libraries on the left of the screen, click on Shanghai American School Pudong Elementary. You MUST do this before you click on ‘login’, otherwise the site won’t recognize your ID number.

You are now looking at the PD ES catalog, and can search for books from here, in any of our 4 libraries, just by typing their name in to the search bar, where it says ‘Find’  

*Click on Log in at the top right of the screen. Once you are logged in, you can put books on hold, renew books as long as you have nothing overdue, click on ‘My Info’, see your check out history and more.

Overdrive/Sora We use the Sora App to access our digital library, Overdrive.

*Download the Sora App.

*Open it and find your school by searching for Shanghai American School (even though it says the Puxi campus address, click on that, it is correct)

*Your ID number is your username and password, type those in, and you are good to go.

Elementary Databases Linked is a wonderful resource for you to bookmark regarding the huge amount of incredible digital resources you have access to. Details on how to log in to them can be found linked in the LibGuide. https://libguides.saschina.org/c.php?g=930560

While you’re looking at our LibGuides, check out this one showing some of our wonderful staff, volunteers, parents and students. https://libguides.saschina.org/c.php?g=922977

If you have any questions, you can reach me by e mail kimbra.power@saschina.org

Be well and have a terrific school year.


This year is our 8th year of running Books to Eat, and it will be a little different. No one will have to queue up and fight over making sure they get to eat THEIR creation at the end of the day, this year, that pleasure will be ALL YOURS!

While we won’t get to smell the scent of sugar through our library for days at a time, you can enjoy the wonderful aromas of whatever you make it in your home.

We would like as many families as possible to make the effort, and take the time, to engage in this wonderful opportunity to create something together. 

The concept is simple and is essentially-make something edible to go with a book. You could go about this a number of ways.

You could think about something you know how to bake/cook, something you like to bake, or want to bake, and THEN look for a book that MATCHES your edible dish.


Perhaps you have a favorite book that you like to read with your child, and so you look at the book through a new lens, thinking of something edible you could match it with. It could be that you bake a cake that looks like the cover of the book, or a character or scene in the book. It might be that you make something that is mentioned or shown IN the book. 

I am sharing a couple of videos here, one via Youku so everyone in China can access it, and two via Youtube for those that have a VPN. 

Books to Eat-The First Five Years
Books to Eat-2017

Here is a link to the Youku clip sharing Books to Eat entries from 2019. There are ads at the beginning, be patient. This link will work in China.

Search books to eat on the top right corner of this page to see many many other posts about the even over the years, including many wonderful photos.

Click here to see the Books to Eat Fact Sheet that provides a good timeline for running the event during regular times.

Yours in Creativity

Please use the #books2eat2020 when posting on social media and I’d love to be tagged too so I can see as many entries as possible.



P.S. I am putting this PS at the start to help you avoid frustration. PLEASE e mail me, kimbra.power@saschina.org to find out your school ID number, the number on your SAS ID card, or your students ID number that they use on the bus and for lunch, if you do not know it.

Sora is our way of giving you access to digital books, both e books, and audio books, predominantly in English, but with a growing selection of books in Mandarin too.

*ALL SAS Parents have been signed up to SORA by us, so the account is just waiting for you to activate it.

*ALL students from Grade 3-12 also have their own account, ready for them once they do the following.

*Students below 3rd grade can still have access to SORA via their parents or an older siblings ID number. There ARE books on their suitable for parents and siblings to read to Prek-2nd grade, and of course some of those students will be able to read the books themselves, or listen to them, but they cannot log in using THEIR ID card number.

To access SORA, you need to go to your app store, and download the Sora App.

Once you’ve downloaded the app, open it, and search for your school, Shanghai American School (it will have the Puxi campus address) Click on that please. (see videos below)

Your username AND your password are the same, they are your SAS ID number. For parents and students, there will be a letter P (for Patron) in front of their ID number. You do NOT need to put the P into Sora, just the numbers. For parents, there are 6 digits, for students, there are 7. Faculty will use the letters (in all caps, either PRC or EXP) in front of the digits as well as the digits please (therefore, they have an 8 character username and password)

Now you have entered the Sora App and thousands of digital books are available for you to read.

If you are worried about too much screen time, make sure your preferences say audiobooks, then click on apply. The same goes if you only want books in Mandarin, click on the language section, choose Chinese, and only Chinese books will show up once you click on apply.

Check out these short videos showing you step by step how to use Sora.

Sora Overview Video

How to Login to Sora Video

Explore books on Sora Video

Search for books you want on Sora Video

Renew and Hold Books on Sora Video

Returning Books and Book Achievements on Sora Video

Library News

Welcome to December. Thank you for all the excellent feedback we’ve received about our Visiting Author Elana K Arnold. We don’t have any authors with us now until late April, but there are still plenty of things going on in the library.

December 2nd– Celebrate that we have checked out over 28,000 books since school started in August. Yes, 28 THOUSAND.

December 17-Try to get as many of the 931 overdue books returned to the library before Winter Break. 

January 14th-March 5th Ms Stella and I will be running After School Activities for English and Chinese Panda Book Awards

March 6th-We host the Elementary division of Battle of the Books on Pudong Campus (more info to follow)

March 15th-April 15th-Voting for Panda Book Awards

April 13th, 20th and 27thBooks to Eat Competition in ES Library (more info to follow)

and THEN

April 20th-April 24th Le Uyen Pham and Meg Medina are on campus as cross divisional Visiting Authors and Illustrator


You can find out more about Authors, Battle of the Books, Panda Books and Books to Eat by clicking on some of the links below. I have Libguides full of information for you to read, including photos of your students, our volunteers, and the wonderful books we are reading. 

Book Lists

If you are looking for some great holiday reading, there are plenty of links to ‘Best of’ Book lists on my 2019-2020 Award Winning Books or Book Lists Libguides. 

Remember to read for pleasure, read with your children, in front of your children and listen to your children read. That is what makes a reader a reader.

Remember to check out some photos of what happens every day in our Elementary Library, we have photos of our volunteers, our students and the books they read on our Welcome to the Elementary Library Libguide

Here are some links for you to check out more resources from our Elementary Library

Battle of the Books Libguide

Panda Books Libguide

Le Uyen Pham Visiting Author Libguide

Meg Medina Visiting Author Libguide

How To Hour

How To Hour Follow Up

Thank you to the parents who attended How To Hour in the Library on Friday. To follow up on some things we discussed, below is more information for you.

While we don’t have a list of recommended reading lists for each grade level in the library, that is not because they don’t exist. We don’t actively promote them as our philosophy is that when students are in the library, they are guided in book choice firstly by what they choose to read, with ample guidance from me as their librarian, Ms Stella and Ms Joji and from 2nd-5th grade, their classroom teacher who is an active participant during this check out period.

Book lists for children of all ages are plentiful on the internet. Here are some of my go-to sites for such things:

Pernille Ripp https://pernillesripp.com/our-favorite-books/

Pragmatic Mom https://www.pragmaticmom.com/

A Mighty Girl https://www.amightygirl.com/books

Nerdy Book Club https://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/category/book-lists/

Picture Book Blogger https://picturebooksblogger.wordpress.com/

Imagination Soup https://imaginationsoup.net/book-recommendations-age/

What do we do all day https://www.whatdowedoallday.com/books-for-kids

Your Mission…

Today, your mission is to:

*Go to destiny.saschina.org, go to Pudong Elementary Library, login to your account using your 7 digit school ID number.

*Go to My Info and RENEW one of your books (even if you don’t need to renew it)

*Go to Catalog and find a book that is NOT available, eg 0 of 1 available and HOLD IT

This message will self destruct in ten minutes…

News from the Library

Welcome to the Elementary Library

It has been a wonderful beginning to the year in the Elementary Library. The returning students walked in oohing and aahing over the new space, briefly mourn the loss of the loft, and check out many, many books. The new students quickly get the hang of things, and know they can approach Ms Stella, Ms Joji and me with any questions.

With more than 1/3 of our Elementary Students being new to SAS this year, it seems like a good time to share some information about our library.

Our Shanghai American School Library houses the largest collection of English books in all of China, and although our ES Pudong library is the smallest of our 4 libraries, it has close to 30,000 titles in its physical, and digital collection…How lucky are we?

We currently have 60 kindles, 60 Ipod nano’s and 20 Ipads all loaded with books, (some kindles have over 150 books on them) so there is no shortage of new reading material available. If there is a book you want to read, and we don’t have it in our Pudong Elementary library, check destiny to see if we have it somewhere else, like Middle School, or Puxi Campus. If you can’t find it there, let me know and I’ll order it for next year, and possibly purchase on kindle, audio or Ibooks if it is available.

We encourage your children to bring back their library books as they finish them; and not wait until their allocated library day to return them. They can place books on the blue cart in the main hallway as they enter the Elementary School in the morning. Kinder and Pre K students can place them in a basket in their classroom and they will be brought over each morning by a library helper. Each book checked out by children and parents is for 14 days

To use our database to see what is available in our library go to http://destiny.saschina.org and click on Pudong Elementary then log in using your school ID number as the username AND password. From here you can check the catalog to see what we have, go to ‘my info’ to see what you have checked out, and renew books as long as they are not already overdue.

Guidelines for Check Out

We encourage students to check out many books through the year.

Each time they come to the library:

Pre K can check out 3 books *

Kindergarten can check out 5 books *

1st Grade can check out 5 books *

*(this is the maximum students can have checked out at any one time)

Grade 2-Grade 5 can have UNLIMITED check-out privileges; so they need to use their common sense and make sure they don’t check out more books than they can read/carry.

While Grade 2-Grade 5 students check out is unlimited, within that, they can check out a maximum of:

-3 Graphic Novels

-3 DVD’s

-3 Books in a Series

We encourage EVERY student in Elementary to check out at least ONE non-fiction book each check out period.

Additional Lunch Recess Library Visits

Monday and Wednesday-Grades 2 and 4 are allowed to check out in the library during their lunch recess time. If the day is too hot/wet/polluted you are welcome to stay and read. If the day is fine, we’ll send you out to play once you’ve checked out your books.

Tuesday and Thursday-Grades 3 and 5 are allowed to check out in the library during their lunch recess time. If the day is too hot/wet/polluted you are welcome to stay and read. If the day is fine, we’ll send you out to play once you’ve checked out your books.

Parent Check Out

Each parent is allowed to have 10 books checked out in their name at any one time. Please come in and see us to find out how we can help you this year in the library.

Parent Volunteers

We have a robust volunteer system in the Elementary Library. Some parents volunteer for a regular time, some drop in when they can, or if we e mail them specifically to ask for help, and some spend an hour or two when they come in to school for a child’s activity, and have some extra spare time.

If you think you would like to volunteer, we will have a welcome meeting on Friday September 6th, straight after the Principal’s Coffee. It will also be an information session on using our library catalog and databases, as well as general advice on making the most of your child’s library experience. You won’t be pressured to volunteer; it’s just a chance for you to learn more about what we can offer you such as access to Sora (overdrive) Flipster and RB Digital which you can also read more about here. http://libguides.saschina.org/c.php?g=891876

We can’t wait to greet you all in the library. With over 1,000 new books, bringing our collection to about 30,000 items, there really is something in our library for everyone!

We are so excited to have you as part of our community. I think you’ll agree with me that the facilities we have at SAS are second to none, and when it comes to the Libraries at our school, that is indeed the case.

Ms Joji, Ms Stella and Mrs Power


Books to Eat Round 3

Well done 4th and 5th grade. We had 36 entries today, made by 51 people with edible creations representing Harry Potter, Minecraft, Dinosaurs, Jerry Spinelli, Laura Numeroff, Mercy Watson, Fenway and Hattie and more. It is always so wonderful seeing the books that the students choose to share with us. Sometimes it is because they want to copy the front cover, or a scene from the book. sometimes it is an image of the main character, or even a food that someone eats in the story; our students are really so creative and clever.

Thank you to all the families that contributed over the last few weeks to this fun family activity. Whether you bought ingredients, helped stir in a mixture, or completely guided the way, I hope you enjoyed participating with your child in Books to Eat 2019.

Until next year, keep reading, keep cooking, and keep being creative with your kids.

Cheers, Kimbra