Friday, January 27, 2017

"Many Voices": A bilingual read-aloud session on Sunday, February 12, 2017

Many Voices 
A bilingual read-aloud session 
in English and Japanese at 3pm

Reading aloud is a pleasure 
for children and adults alike! 

Birgit will read the Shel Silverstein classic, "The Giving Tree" and Akiko Hishiyama will read two different Japanese translations of the same book. 

They will also read a Japanese version and an English translation of “Issunboshi”.

If you are interested in practicing your English or Japanese comprehension, or in comparing how the same story and its message are conveyed in different languages and translations, please join us for this special event.

Upcoming Events & Openings: February 2017

Events & Openings

Sunday, February 5, 10am-5pm

Sunday, February 12, 10am-5pm 
Many Voices 
A bilingual read-aloud session 
in English and Japanese at 3pm 

Sunday, February 19, 10am-5pm
Sunday, February 26, 10am-5pm

Wednesday Crafting Circle

February 1, February 8, February 15 

Note: Crafting Circle will NOT meet 
on Wednesday, February 22

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Updated Book List

After adding almost 200 new titles, there are now 2,907 books and other media in our library! We have also added a new category: "Graded Readers". 

Please click on the link called "Complete Book List (updated January 1, 2017)" under the "Important Pages" tab on the right-hand side of the screen to browse the collection. The list is organized alphabetically by author and by category. We will be updating the list regularly.

Upcoming Events & Openings: January 2017

Events & Openings

Saturday, January 7, 10am-5pm 
Living in Berlin 
A talk by Mine Serizawa at 3pm 

Image by Martin Schwartz

Sunday, January 15, 10am-5pm 
Sunday, January 22, 10am-5pm 
Sunday, January 29, 10am-5pm 

Wednesday Crafting Circle

January 11, January 18, January 25 

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Christmas Cheer & New Year 2017

Thank you to everyone who attended our "Christmas Cheer" event on Friday, December 23!

Every year we celebrate German Christmas with a real tree, ornaments and decorations, and traditional treats. It was a great opportunity to get together and learn more about the holiday and each other.

Book Ideas is now closed for Winter Break.

Our first opening after the break will be on Saturday, January 7, 2017
The first Crafting Circle after the break will be on Wednesday, January 11, 2017

We wish all our users a Happy New Year and a peaceful start to 2017!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Upcoming Events & Openings: December 2016

Openings & Events

Sunday, December 4, 10am-5pm
Saturday, December 10, 10am-5pm 
Holiday Ornaments 
with Naoko Kikuchi at 3pm

Sunday, December 18, 10am-5pm 
Friday, December 23, 10am-5pm 
Christmas Cheer 
Our annual all-day holiday celebration 

Closed for Winter Break until Saturday, January 7, 2017 

Wednesday Crafting Circle 
December 7, December 14 and December 21, 10am-12pm
Closed for Winter Break until Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Note: Change to schedule of openings & Events of interest

Book Ideas will not be open on Saturday, November 26 as announced!
Instead, we will be open on Sunday, November 27 from 10am-5pm

We'd also like to share two events that might be of interest to our users:

The German church in Gotanda will hold its annual "Adventsbasar" on Saturday, November 26 from 1pm (

The American School in Japan will hold its annual "Winterfest" on Saturday, December 3 from 10am-3pm