Category Archives: Library Happenings

Book Fair A Success!

Thank you to all staff, students, parents, family members and community members who supported this year’s Library Book Fair! We made a record profit! Also, extra special thanks to all the parent/family volunteers, and Library Monitor volunteers! The Library will be purchasing many new books with the money earned during the Fair.


Scholastic Book Fair Dec. 4, 5, 6, 2012

This year’s Scholastic Book Fair will take place during the first week in December, a perfect time to get a head-start on your holiday shopping! In addition to great books, we will be selling posters, bookmarks, activity kits, and the always popular school supplies! During this week, each class will visit the Book Fair during their regularly-scheduled Library time. The Book Fair will also be open before school, at Recess, at Lunch, and after school.

Ms. Lehnert is looking for parent/guardian volunteers to help run the Book Fair. Notices were sent home on Tuesday, November 20th. If you have some time to spare, please let Ms. Lehnert know.

Book Fair Dates and Hours:

Tuesday, December 4th: open 8:30 am until 4:15 pm

Wednesday, December 5th: open 8:30 am until 4:15 pm

Thursday, December 6th: open 8:30 am until 4:30 pm

Welcome Back to School!


Welcome Back to School! The Library opens on

Monday, September 17th.

Library Schedule:

8:40 – 9:00am
Recess (10:30 – 10:45am)
1:00 – 1:15pm (School-Wide Book Exchange)
3:00 – 3:20pm


Library Closed for the Rest of the School Year

The Library will be closing on Friday, June 15th. Please note: all Library books are due on June 15th. Ms. Lehnert will then be doing inventory until the end of the school year.

Have a great summer, and remember to keep reading!

Join the Burnaby Public Library’s Summer Reading Club


National Aboriginal Day June 21st

June 21st is a day for all Canadians to celebrate and recognize the unique heritage, culture and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Metis to Canada.

Check out the official National Aboriginal Day website here.


April is National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month is celebrated throughout North America during the month of April every year. Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, this year is Poetry Month’s 16th birthday!

Visit Scholastic’s “Poetry Idea Engine” where you can create haiku, limericks, free verse and cinquain poetry. 

This week, division 1 will continue their genre studies by looking at Poetry. Each student will borrow a book of poems, and will choose his/her favourite to share with the class.

February 2012 Library Happenings

So far this month, Ms. Lehnert has collaborated with Mme. Vicari, and Ms. Hull. Division 3 (Gr. 6/7 French Immersion) is continuing work on a Readers’ Theatre unit started at the end of January.

What is Readers’ Theatre?

  • a text that is performed orally and dramatically
  • a reading activity that brings characters to life through voices and gestures
  • can be in the form of a story, a poem, a scene from a play, or even song lyrics
  • uses very few (if any) props, as the main focus is on the oral presentation

What is the value of Readers’ Theatre?

  • it focuses on all of the Language Arts: reading, writing, speaking, and listening
  • it enhances development of communication skills such as: voice projection, intonation, inflection and pronunciation
  • it facilitates the development of critical and creative thinking as readers create different interpretations of the same story
  • it is a participatory event – the characters and the audience are engaged
  • it is informal and relaxed – does not require elaborate props, scenery, or costumes, and does not require students to memorize text
  • it stimulates the imagination and creation of visual images
  • it enhances the development of cooperative learning strategies – students work together in groups to discuss, write, and perform a script
  • it helps to develop a strong sense of self-confidence and self-assurance by working within and presenting within a group structure
  • it is a FUN way to learn the Language Arts curriculum!

Students in Division 3 will be performing scripts that have already been written, and will then move on to adapting a picture book story into a Readers’ Theatre script. The final project will be writing and performing an original script. So far, the students have been enjoying the unit and have had lots of fun performing pre-written scripts!

Ms. Hull’s grade 7 class is continuing genre studies this month. We are currently looking at the features of Historical Fiction. With February being Black History Month, it is the perfect time to look at the different types of Historical Fiction. We have read Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine, a powerful true story of a slave who escaped to freedom in the late 1800’s.

Will will be discovering more history in the weeks to come, through picture books and novels.

Coming soon…Division 2 looks at Ancient Greece. Stay tuned!



Black History Month

February is Black History Month

During this month we recognize the contributions of African-Canadians and African-Americans to North American culture and history. There is a display in the library showcasing stories about African-Americans, or stories written by famous African-American authors. We have nonfiction biographies about Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Ruby Bridges, President Barack Obama and famous athlete Michael Jordan. Stop by and see the collection.


Feb. 6 – 10, 2012 Library Happenings

This week the library is closed on Monday and Tuesday for testing. The regular library schedule will resume next week. All classes will be coming in for a 15 minute book exchange on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.

Browse Inside The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling, Illustrated by Margo Apple

Browse Inside The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling, Illustrated by Margo Apple.

Ms. Lehnert’s Primary Language Arts Group will be starting a novel study on Thursday, February 9th. We will be reading The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling. Click on the link above to preview the book.