September 30th is Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013. It grew out of Phyllis’ story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.

You can learn more about the legacy of residential schools here:

Orange Shirt Day
Legacy of Hope Foundation
Byrne Creek Library’s Books and DVDs on Residential Schools

Historica Canada’s Heritage Minute: The story of Chanie “Charlie” Wenjack, whose death sparked the first inquest into the treatment of Indigenous children in Canadian residential schools.

BULLDOGS READ WINNER FOR 2015/16!!!

This year’s Bulldogs Read winner is RULE of THREE by Eric Walters

A person can last 3 minutes without air,
3 days without water,
3 weeks without food.
…After 3 days in the dark, nobody can survive on their own.
When a virus disables every computer in the world, nothing from cars to cell phones works any more. Chaos descends, but a neighbourhood bands together to survive in a world without modern technology.

This is the first book in the Rule of 3 trilogy and you can find all three books in the library!

Bulldogs Read Runners-Up…
Second place
is This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
Third place is The Iron Trial by Holly Black

Thanks to everyone who participated!!!

 

 

Stickboy Scratchboards

Scratchboards inspired by Shane Koyczan’s novel Stickboy created by Ms. Moulin’s grade 10-12 Graphics class!

 

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Stickboy is one of this year’s Bulldogs Reads. Come to the library to borrow a copy!

 

 

 

Emmanuel Jal Visits Byrne Creek

Hip hop artist, actor, author and activist Emmanuel Jal is coming to Byrne Creek Monday May 9th! He will be speaking about social justice and overcoming personal adversity. From the age of seven, Emmanuel was a child soldier in South Sudan. He survived civil war to eventually become an internationally acclaimed artist and passionate activist for peace. His life story is the subject of the feature film documentary War Child and he has published an autobiography War Child: A Child Soldier’s Story.

Check out Emmanuel’s organizations We Want Peace and Gua Africa
Watch his videos here on YouTube
Download We Want Peace teaching resources
Find Byrne Creek Library resources on child soldiers and civil war in Africa here

 

Byrne Creek Ravine Park Cleanup

Yesterday afternoon Byrne Creek students helped rid Byrne Creek Ravine Park of invasive plants and garbage. This event was in conjunction with Byrne Creek Streamkeepers and the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.

 

Stickboy: the Anti-Bullying Opera

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Today Byrne Creek students attended an operatic performance  of the novel Stickboy at the Michael J Fox Theatre.  Based on the book by Canadian spoken word poet Shane Koyczan, Stickboy describes Koyczan’s own childhood experiences of being bullied and then ultimately becoming a bully himself. Read an interview with Koyczan here.
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Stickboy is one of this year’s Bulldogs Reads. Come to the library to borrow a copy!