University Highlands Library

January 20, 2015
by Mrs. MacLeod

Literacy Week is coming!

Are you ready for Literacy Week?  We are getting ready at UHE!  The theme is “15 Minutes of Fun” and we have lots of activities planned for January 26-30.

If you would like some ideas of what you can do at home to celebrate Family Literacy Day, visit Life Literacy Canada.

December 8, 2014
by Mrs. MacLeod

‘Tis the Season…

… for reading by the fireplace!  This is my very favourite time of year, and although it gets busy with concerts and parties and baking and shopping, I always try to find some quiet time each day to curl up with a book.  The decorations are up and holiday books are out in the library, so stop by if you need a book to cozy up with on a rainy night!

November 5, 2014
by Mrs. MacLeod

Reading is Sweet – UHE Reads 200

After a late start to our school year, we are ready to start our home reading program! Since we are a bit tighter on time, the goal this year is to read for 200 nights.  Primary students should read or be read to for at least 15 minutes and intermediate students should be reading 20-30 minutes.  The bright yellow sheets will be coming home this week, and you can start counting November 5 as your first night!cupcake-310968_640

October 6, 2014
by Mrs. MacLeod

Getting back into the swing of things

This year has definitely not been a normal start, so it is nice to feel like things are getting back to normal.  I love my routine, and I think the students do too!  I am very excited to be the teacher-librarian at University Highlands and am looking forward to getting to know students and parents over the coming months.

Today I got to participate in Learning in Depth (LiD) for the first time.  In the morning, I got to choose my topic with Ms. Brophy’s class.  I got “circus” which I am quite excited about.  I just read “Water for Elephants,” set in the 1920s, so I think I might start my investigation by looking at the history of circuses.

The library was open for research, and several students came down to take advantage of it.  Two girls borrowed several books about bees, two others were trying to come up with a project joining their two topics of “glass” and “water.”  One boy whose topic is “maps” explored Google Maps to find his old neighbourhood in Ontario.  He was very excited when I showed him street view, and he found his old house!  Another small group worked on posters and information sheets for a cooking class they are planning to offer to primary students.  It was great to see everyone so engaged and excited!

I am hoping to spend some time this fall to expand our collection of LiD resources, both books in the library and digital resources online.  If you have any that you think would be good, send me an email!


April 10, 2013
by Brenda Papapanagiotou

LID Today: Musical Instruments

Today LID in the Library featured MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS! It was a fun time to explore the connections between musical instruments and other LID topics.  For instance, students made connections between muscial instruments, wood, glass and even storms!    Students had time to explore a great number of musical instruments.  The thunder tube was by far the favourite!  Students explored sites where they can create their own musical instruments.  These websites include:

Students also saw a great video on wine glass music (the connection to glass):

Check it out at:

April 9, 2013
by Brenda Papapanagiotou

University Highland Scholastic Book Fair Was a Huge Success!

Thank you to all the parents, teachers and students who supported our recent ScholaStic Book Fair!   Our school raised a total of $1,972.25, giving our library a profit of $493.00 in free books!  I would like to thank all of the parent volunteers who assisted in this endeavour.   I would also like to thank all of the student volunteers who helped at the book fair.  A special thank you to Mary Halfar and Nitasha Naicker for organizing the book displays!     Great work everyone!

March 25, 2013
by Brenda Papapanagiotou

Scholastic Book Fair Coming to University Highlands!

Our spring Scholastic Book Fair will be held April 3rd and 4th.   The hours of the fair will be:

April 3rd – between 12:00-1:00 and 3:00-5:00

April 4th – 12:00-1:00 and 3:00-7:00

We are looking for parent volunteers to assist with the set up of the fair as well as student volunteers to help at the book fair.  If you are interested in assisting, please contact Brenda Papapanagiotou at


February 25, 2013
by Brenda Papapanagiotou


Intermediate Students: post your graffiti wall posts here!  Tell us the following:

1. The Title of the Book and Author

2. What the book is about (3-4 sentences)

Why you recommend this book to others (3-4 sentences)

3. What you rate the book out of 5 stars.

Do this for every 25 nights of reading and you will entered to win prizes!

January 9, 2013
by Brenda Papapanagiotou



 Literacy Week – January 21st-25th at University Highlands!!



During literacy week 2013, there will be a host of exciting events to recognize and celebrate literacy in our school community.    To plan for this week, here are some ways you can contribute to make it an exciting and successful week:

  • Donate books. Please bring in any children books (K-7) that you can for our annual Book Bonanza (book swap).  Please note that we are in particular need of primary books. Please also note that donated books should be in relatively good condition.
  • Encourage your child to dress up on Wednesday, January 23rd as his/her favourite storybook character.   
  • Volunteer to be a guest reader in your child’s classroom.    Students will enjoy and benefit from hearing your favourite childhood stories.   Coordinate a time with your child’s teacher.
  • Complete the home reading bingo with your child for the month of January (bingo cards will be sent out Monday, January 14th and should be returned to the library by January 31st).
  • Encourage your child to write and submit a story or poem for the annual Burnaby Writing Contest: Words.   For complete contest details, please click on “Burnaby Writing Contest” on my library blog at:  Please note that poems or stories should be submitted to your child’s teacher on or before February 8th in order to be considered for entry.
  • Celebrate Family Literacy Day (January 27th).  Go to the library, read a book or the newspaper together, exchange family histories or play a favourite board game.   For more ideas, check out

For more details about literacy week or to find out more about how you can contribute to this event-filled week, please contact me at

Thank you!

Brenda Papapanagiotou

Teacher-librarian – University Highlands

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