March Library Learning Commons Update

We launched our first ever ‘Read for a Day’ event on March 8th with the goal of emphasizing the importance of reading and giving students an opportunity to explore different ways they can read. Author Philip Roy presented from several of his works in both French and English and he brought along some of his folk art to help capture the imagination of the students. As one student noted: ” I can be both an author and artist at the same time!”

Writing requires planning…

Along with Philip’s presentations, The Toronto Public Library offered an overview of a couple of their new online resources, including their revamped kids site and their ebook download service called OverDrive. The junior students were excited by this opportunity and one class even brought their own personal devices to access OverDrive using their TPL card and their PIN during the day. The primary students were treated to some interactive ebook presentations and some sing-alongs that everyone seemed to enjoy.

Throughout the day teachers and students were participating in independent reading, shared reading, read-alouds and teachers were able to present to their classes different resources that the students have access to from both home and school, including BrainPOP and the TDSB’s very own Virtual Library.

May 17th – Read for a Day!

As we move into the final chapter of our school year, we have several exciting items that we want to share with you. Firstly, our next ‘Read for a Day’ event will be held May 17th! Please do engage Mr. Gard or any other teacher with ideas you may have that would make this day even more successful! We are tentatively looking for different well known local people – celebrities are welcome! – to come and read from a favourite book! Please do let us know if you have a contact and could arrange for this person to come and read at some point during the above date.

Secondly, a number of our Silver Birch club members will be attending the awards ceremony for fiction reading at The Harbourfront Centre in May. This is an exciting opportunity for our students to join hundreds of other students to celebrate the authors who will be given the coveted Silver Birch Fiction award. Imagine joining a large crowd of excited readers in a venue like The Harbourfront Centre!

As always, the Sir Adam Beck Library Learning Commons is a great place for students to explore topics that excite them, and ideas that need to be energized. Please remind your daughter or son to ask Mr. Gard or one of The Toronto Public Library librarians for help with their work, regardless of what that may mean. If we don’t know the answer, we’ll definitely find someone who does!