Welcome to the Lyle Rigg Library 

About the Library

The Upper School Library was dedicated to Mr Lyle Rigg, our longest serving Headmaster at TASIS England, on 14th May 2012.

The Library is open throughout and beyond the school day, from 8am to 9.30pm.

Welcome to the TASIS England Upper School Library. We will be supporting you in your studies throughout your time at TASIS and aim to help you become effective users of information.

The US Library has a collection of over 13,000 books for academic  and recreational reading, as well as a range of US and UK magazines and newspapers. Most resources may be borrowed or are accessible online both at school and from home (you will need a username/password when connecting to the databases outside school).

We also provide you with all the resources you need for your homework (including access to computers, a color printer and scanner, as well as pens, paper, etc).

Come and see me if you need help. Ms. Ladjevardi 

Finding your way in the Library:

Main room: reference collection, class texbooks, magazines and newspapers, graphic novel collection (circulating), Faculty bookclub books (circulating), TASIS year books 

Extension: non-fiction collection, Lakeside classics collection, past magazine copies

Library classroom (back room): fiction collection, professional library (cabinets 1 through 3), past Extended Essays, for International Baccalaureate (cabinet 2), SAT (cabinet 4) & AP textbooks (cabinet 5)

 (click on the image for further information on the Spalding Collection displayed in the Library)

Click on the links below to access these pages:


Children's Book Awards 2017

The majority of these books are available through the three libraries:

The Newbery Medal will be awarded to The girl who drank the moon, written by Kelly Barnhill. 

The Caldecott Medal will be awarded to Radiant child: the story of young artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, illustrated and written by Javaka Steptoe.

The Coretta Scott King Book Award for writing goes to John Lewis and Andrew Aydin's March: Book Three, illustrated by Nate Powell.

The Coretta Scott King/ John Steptoe New Talent Award goes to Nicola Yoon for The Sun is also a star.

Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop is the winner of the Coretta Scott King - Virginia  Hamilton Practitioner Award for Lifetime Achievement.

The Pura Belpre Award for writing goes to Juana Medina for Juana & Lucas, written and illustrated by Juana Medina. 

The Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults goes to March: Book Three, written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell.

The Robert F. Sibert Medal for most distinguished informational book for children goes to March: Book Three, written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell.

The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for most distinguished beginning reader goes to We are growing: a Mo Willem's elephant and piggie like reading! book, written by Laurie Keller.

The Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience goes to When we collided, by Emery Lord for the teen category (ages 13-18)

The Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Award, for children's and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experience, was given to Magnus Chase and the gods of Asgard: the hammer of Thor, by Rick Riordan, and If I was your girl, by Meredith Russo. 

The Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in children's video goes to Ryan Swenar of Dreamscape Media, producer of Drum dream girl: how one girl's courage changed music.

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for a substantial and lasting contribution to literature to children goes to Nikki Grimes.

The Odyssey Award for excellence in audiobook production goes to Anna and the swallow man, produced by Listening Library. The book is written by Gavriel Savit and narrated by Allan Corduner. 

The 2018 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture will be delivered by author and editor Naomi Shihab Nye.

The Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adult goes to Sarah Dessen.

The William C. Morris Award for a book written by a first-time author for teens goes to The serpent king, by Jeff Zentner.

The YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award goes to March: Book Three, written by John Lewis  and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell.

The Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction goes to Full of beans, by Jennifer L. Holm.

The Carnegie Medal was awarded to Sarah Crossan for One.

The Kate Greenaway Medal for distinguished illustration in a book for children was awarded to The sleeper and the spindle, illustrated by Chris Riddell, written by Neil Gaiman.

Book of the week


We should all be feminists
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Now available in the US Library.
Magazines and Newspapers

A selection of printed American and UK magazines are available to all to read in the Reading Corner: Aperture, Artnews, the Atlantic, the Christian Science Monitor Weekly (online as well), the Economist (online as well), NewScientist (online as well), Phosphore (French), Rugby World, Time magazine, Newsweek (online only),and Wired


Click on a magazine cover to discover this week's issue. Please contact the US Librarian for log-in details.

Daily copies of the Daily Telegraph (UK) and the International New York Times (US) are on display in the Reading Corner for everyone's reading enjoyment. A wider selection of UK and US newspapers, daily and weekly, is available in PAX faculty room for staff/ teachers.

For up-to-date current news, click on the links below:

Electronic resources

 Available to the TASIS Community. Contact the US Librarian for log-in details.

Click on the icons below to access the databases.


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 8am to 5pm

Wednesday: 9.05am to 5pm (closed between 11.30 and 12.30)

Friday: 8am to 5pm

Saturday and Sunday: upon request, speak to Boarding team on duty (ONLY with adult supervision at all times)

Study Hall (Sunday to Thursday, for Boarders only): 7.30 to 9.30pm

Library catalog

To access the Library Catalog, click on the tree below:

US Library news

8th March 2017 is International Women's Day

This year's campaign them is #BeBoldForChange

International Women's Day official website.

For reading suggestions, click here and here.

New database!

Questia school  is now available to all US students and teachers. You will need your LMS log-in information (students). Teachers will receive an email with their log-in. 

Faculty and Staff Bookclub

We are now reading.......

 ... in order of interest:

  1. Days without end by Sebastian Barry
  2. The house by the lake by Thomas Harding
  3. The outrun by Amy Liptrot
Further reading possibilities, in no particular order:
  1. The sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  2. Americanah Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie
  3. Golden hill by Frances Spufford
  4. the moth snowstorm by Michael Mcarthy

All these books are also available from the Library!

The next bookclub will take place on 16th March 2017. Please email Kat Higgins for time and location.

New members are always welcome. If you would like to join the Bookclub, please email Kat Higgins at khiggins@tasisengland.org

Current news

NewsMap: Provides daily news in color blocks to define the subject, shade of color to indicate how fresh news is, and size of the block to indicate how important the news is.

Pastpages: the news homepage archive: Provides the front pages of a large growing number of national and international newspapers.

Newseum: Provides the front pages of over 80 newspapers from around the world.

Alltop: Updates hourly with new information.

NewsNow: More of a British approach to information.

Interesting articles
On reading:
Young adult fiction is loved because it speaks to us all -unlike adult stories (The Guardian, 19th September 2014)
15 signs to prove you're a book addict (The Guardian, 24th January 2015)
First ever YA Book Prize shortlist announced! (The Guardian, 4th December 2014)

Premier league footballers's favorite books - in pictures (The Guardian, 11th March 2015

Curious incident of the Dog in the Night-Time pulled from children's reading list (The Guardian, 12th August 2015)

Calais migrant camp gets makeshift library - and it needs more books (The Guardian, 24th August 2015)

Why fiction can help us understand the Syrian refugee crisis (The Guardian, 8th September 2015)


The world's biggest and most dangerous dump sites - interactive (The Guardian, 6th October 2014)

Terry Pratchett, Discworld series authors, dies aged 66 (The Guardian, 12th March 2015)


For or Against Kindles?
Argument against: Your paper brain and your Kindle brain aren't the same thing (The Takeaway, 18th September 2014) 
Argument for: Studies disagree on whether readers absorb less on kindles than on paper (Ink, bits and pixels, 21st August 2014)

Upper School Librarian

Ariana Ladjevardi

01932 582405


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