Thank you Mr Mercer!


We’ve learned so much this week from author, Mr Graham Mercer.  Mr Mercer is the author of many non-fiction books about Tanzania and he explained to us about the writing and publishing process. We now understand how much work goes into producing each book we read! He also explained how many people are involved and how it takes a lot of time to produce each book on our library shelves – and we have 20,000 books just here at the elementary library!

We were also very impressed when Mr Mercer could draw elephants, lions and sharks on our library bags when he signed his name.  One student was particularly impressed with his butterflies, “Mr Mercer you are a very good author, you can draw butterflies!”


Author Mr Graham Mercer to visit IST next week


We are very privileged to have author, Graham Mercer, come to talk to us during the elementary library classes next week.  Mr Mercer is the author of many non-fiction books about Tanzania including one recently about the history of IST.  It will be a great opportunity to be able to ask him questions about what it is like to be an author and how much work goes into getting a book published.

In preparation for his visit, this week we have looked at how books are written and printed.  We have read The best story written by Eileen Spinelli and illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf. This book reminds us that we write best when we write stories that are interesting to us. We also watched an animation from Puffin publishing company that showed us the steps involved in publishing a book and you can view it here:

We watched a very short but interesting video about how a magazine is printed from that you can watch here:

Mr John Kilaka to visit IST next week!


We are privileged to have Tanzanian author, artist and storyteller, John Kilaka, visit our school next week (Monday January 31- Friday February 4).  Mr Kilaka will share his new stories with each library class during our special library week.  Perhaps he will also sign our library bags with his clever cartoon drawings, like he did last year.

Several Grade 5 students will present their version of Mr Kilaka’s new story, “Good Smell,” as a play during the assembly on Friday 4 February.  Grade 2-5 students and parents are welcome to attend.

For more information about Mr Kilaka, please visit his website at

See you in the library!

Sue Toms

Elementary Librarian